The last day of the five-day Guru Purnima celebrations saw another grand musical evening with the Lord. Bhagawan arrived around 6.30 p.m. at the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Auditorium amidst soulful Bhajans. The compassionate Lord then blessed all the volunteers who had tirelessly served to make the Guru Purnima celebrations a splendid success.
Once Bhagawan was seated on the throne, the cultural programme for the evening began with a music recital by the renowned Indian classical vocalist, Smt Aruna Sairam. A Padmashri awardee, Smt. Aruna Sairam, is regarded as the Musical Ambassador of India and she also occupies some coveted positions in the Indian music academies. Being an ardent devotee of Bhagawan, she offered a few soulful songs at His feet. She was ably accompanied by Smt Apoorva Krishna, a young and budding artist on the violin, on the Mridangam by Sri Kalaimamani J Vaidyanathan, a very senior and renowned Mridangam artist, by Vidwan Sri S.V. Ramani on the Ghatam and by Sri Arjun Sainath on the Tanpura.
The first offering was a composition by Sri Gorakhnath, extolling the greatness of the Guru, praying to the master to lead one across the ocean of life. Smt Aruna Sairam’s music, which was steeped in devotion, touched the hearts of the audience. Popular krithis like Subrahmanyena Rakshitoham and other compositions by popular saints Namdev and Bhadrachala Ramadas were also rendered. The audience was enthralled as she also sang the famous Abhang (a form of devotional poetry) – Bhakta Jana Vatsale, in praise of Lord Vitthala.
After the dazzling performance, Bhagawan blessed all the artists profusely. The evening session then came to a close with the offering of Mangala Arati.