The second day celebrations of the Annual Sports and Cultural meet began with Bhagawan’s arrival at the Premamrutham Auditorium to the background of Vedic chants and lilting Bhajans. Once Bhagawan was seated, the proceedings for the evening began with Vedic invocation by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Sriniketanam, Jayapura campus chanting the Hiranyagarbha Suktam.
This was followed by a Yogasana presentation by the students of the Sri Sathya Sai Sharadaniketanam, Mandya campus. When Bhagawan had visited the Mandya campus the previous month, He was very pleased with their performance the various yoga postures and had commanded them to repeat the performance in Muddenahalli. So here were these 27 students performing over 30 different Asanas and pyramid formations. It was a brilliant show of strength, flexibility, agility, will power and more than anything else, their prayers and efforts to please their Lord.
The next performance of the evening was a Yakshagana performance titled ‘Kamsa Vadhe’ by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Divya Niketanam, Jayapura campus. Yakshagana, which literally translates to the celestial song of the Yakshas and is a traditional theatrical art form of coastal Karnataka that combines dance, music, dialogue, costumes and makeup in a unique style and form. This particular piece depicted an episode from Bhagavatam where the evil king Kamsa was overpowered and killed by his nephew, Sri Krishna.
The scene opened with the tyrant Kamsa venting his frustrations over the several failed attempts to kill Krishna. He summons Akrura and commands him to bring Krishna and Balarama to Mathura. Akrura’s attempts to counsel Kamsa against such a drastic step go in vain and Akrura, a great devotee, feeling quite ecstatic at the opportunity to meet Krishna, goes to Brindavan and returns back along with both Krishna and Balarama. On the way, they meet Rajaka, the conceited washerman of Kamsa and defeat him. Hearing this news, Kamsa has nightmares and experiences bad omens and immediately orders the wrestlers Mushtika and Chanura to finish the brothers off. But the duo of Krishna and Balarama defeat them with ease and enter the palace where Krishna finally vanquishes Kamsa. Ugrasena is crowned as king of Mathura and Dharma is restored at last.
The performance which was sprinkled with wit and humour, was greeted with appreciation and Bhagawan blessed all the artists with tokens of His love. The evening programme came to a close with Mangala Arati and Prasadam distribution.