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Shivarathri Celebrations February 23, 2017– Day One, Evening

Shivarathri Celebrations – Day One, Evening

Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli

February 23, 2017

One of the most auspicious festivals in the Hindu calendar is Maha Shivarathri, which is observed in adoration of Lord Shiva. It is a festival of great spiritual significance and is believed to propel man onto the path of divinity.

Sathya Sai Grama was abuzz with activity as devotees gathered from all parts of the globe to celebrate this festival in the presence of Sai Shiva Himself. Students, staff and devotees were seated in the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham auditorium in prayerful anticipation of Bhagawan. Bhagawan arrived at the venue at about 6 PM to the background of melodious bhajans. He walked down the aisles blessing all the devotees and showering His love on everybody present.

Once Swami was seated, the evening’s programme began with a recap of the recently concluded inaugural event at the Sri Sathya Sai Sharada Niketanam, Mandya campus. Sister Bhuvana Santanam shared an overview of the proceedings over the last two days.

Classical Treat

Thereafter, a musical offering by Sri Mandolin U Rajesh, one of the most sought after classical artists in India today, was presented. He is the younger brother and disciple of the Late Mandolin maestro Sri Mandolin U Sreenivas. The performance began with a couple of Carnatic compositions such as Giri Raja Sutha Tanaya, a Tyaagaraja krithi followed by Sabhapathiki in the Abhogi raagam. He also rendered one of his brother’s compositions titled ‘Deep End’ from the album Samjhanitha. In his customary style, Sri Rajesh ended his concert with a couple of famous bhajans on Shiva such as Shankara Shiva Shankara, Om Namah Shivaaya Shivaaya Namah Om and Bhasmabhooshi Taanga Sai. The audience was held in raptures and broke into thunderous applause in appreciation of the mellifluous music being rendered.

He was ably supported by the many artists playing other musical instruments. He was accompanied by Sri SV Ramani, an accomplished Mridangam player from Chennai, , Sri Harmeet Manseta, a professional musician on the keyboard, the multi-instrumentalist Sri Dimitris Lambrianos on the Fretless- Bass guitar, Sri Rahul on the Cahun, Sri Hanumanth Rao Naidu on the Tabla and Sri Ravi Chand on the Dholak.  

Their versatility was a striking feature of the concert, winning applauds from the audience as they effortlessly transitioned across genres of music – classical Carnatic, bhajans and contemporary music.


After the performance, Bhagawan blessed all the artists with tokens of His love. Aarthi was then offered to Bhagawan and the evening came to a close with the distribution of prasadam to everyone.

To see the pictures of the programme, click here