While the first day of the Guru Purnima Celebrations in Muddenahalli showcased the cultural extravaganza of the European countries, the second day was a celebration of the rich South Indian art and culture.
Bhagawan arrived a little after 6 PM to the beautifully bedecked Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall, led by the students chanting Veda and the lilting rhythms of bhajans being sung in the background. The mere richness of the scene was enough to set the spiritual tone for the evening’s proceedings.
Once Bhagawan was seated on the dais, the programme officially commenced with the invocation prayer by the students of grade six and seven of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva educational institutions.
Dance and Drama
The next programme was a dance offering from the girl students of the Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Moosapet, Hyderabad. It was a classical dance bouquet, titled ‘Guru Devo Bhava: Salutations and offering to the Divine Guru, the Jagad Guru Swaroopa Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.’
A short video capturing the momentous growth of this school over the years was first screened to the audience. It began with the setting up of the Sai Seva Sangh in 1992 in Moosapet for the welfare of the underprivileged children, led by Smt. Aruna Pradeep, an alumna of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus, along with like-minded individuals. It has since metamorphosed into a full-fledged school that offers free, values-based integrated education to the less-privileged children. In 2005, the team started an orphanage for 45 girls, providing them not only with food, clothing and shelter, but education for life.
The dance programme began with prayerful salutations to the Guru, who has come to fulfil His supreme duty of taking mankind cross the ocean of samsara, for which the children danced rhythmically to the Guru Paduka strotram. There were two more equally captivating performances that presented a perfect blend of traditional dance, rhythm, balanceand harmony. Their performance ended to a thunderous applause from the gathering. Bhagawan went up the dais to bless the performers and the teachers.
Moved by the devotion of the young hearts, Bhagawan then announced that He will build a Pre-University and an Undergraduate College for them as a gift, so they can continue with their education. The announcement was received with an even more thunderous applause!
Carnatic Musical performance
After a short break, the second programme for the evening, the much-awaited performance by the eminent musician Smt. Jayashree Ramnath, commenced. Popularly known as Bombay Jayashree, she comes from a family of musicians. She is a famed composer, playback singer and is an Academy Awards nominee.
She was accompanied in vocal by her son Master Amrit Ramnath and her student Ms Vijayashree Vittal. The other accompaniments were Sri Krishna Shriram on the Gatam, Sri Ramanamoorthy on the Mridangam and Sri Srinath on the Violin. The Carnatic singer accompanied by her equally able team brought the entire gathering to a spiritual high.
After Bhagawan blessed the artists, the day’s proceedings ended with the Maha Mangala Arati.