Karaikkudi Mani’s Music & SSSIHMS Programme

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthi Gram, the role model Super Speciality Hospital, more aptly known as ‘Temple Of Healing’ that was instituted by Bhagawan on this day in 1991.

Commemorating the occasion, this evening, Team SSSIHMS presented a Video show depicting the genesis and growth of the Institution. The presentation was entitled ‘Praying Hearts Serving Hands’.

Lamenting on the commercialization of Medicare, that had its origin as an art to transition into science, the presentation spoke about the epoch making Divine announcement during the Birthday occasion in the year, 1990, promising of the inauguration of a Super Speciality Hospital, completely free of cost, in one year time.

Taking the audience to a guided tour, the presentation spoke about the rough road it had to tread before realizing the dream. As promised the hospital was inaugurated on the 22nd November 1991, exactly in an year. The impossible was made possible by His Divine Sankalpa.

The site at Prasanthi Gram that was a barren land six months before the scheduled date of opening turned to become a marvel of magnificent edifice, giving succour to millions upon millions without any discrimination.

Testimonies from eminent personalities, including Professor Keith Critchlow from Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture in London, who was the designated architect for the mammoth project.

The presentation recommended de-commercialization of Medicare and act of healing that is the need of the hour to serve humanity.

The second programme for the evening was a ‘Taala Vaadya Kacheri’ by noted Mridangam maestro Karaikkudi Mani and Co. Guru Karaikudi Mani is a world renowned Mridangam maestro who has revolutionised the field of percussion with his power packed intricate mridangam beats. Coupled with Jazz musicians from Europe and the far east, the maestro has founded a world music band known as Shanmukhaa. Shanmukhaa is a musical presentation of compositions based on Carnatic, Hindustani, Classical based Folk melodies, Compositions with influence of the Western, thus classified as World Music with the underlying theme of Universal Peace.

With rhythm and melody joining together, bringing a harmonious blend, weaving music of ecstasy, the packed Sai Kulwant Hall enjoined a twin treat, through their ears and eyes, as rhythmic body language of the artistes were equally enchanting, and entire Sai Kulwant turned glued to the gigantic LED screens, enjoying ‘twin feast’.

An hour long presentation produced 6-7 compositions, some of them originally composed with western music. With Mani on Mridangam and V Suresh on Ghatam engaged in prolonged Jugalbandhi, audience turned ecstatic and every composition was received with rapturous applause from the audience. The concert came to an end with one of Prasanthi’s favourite bhajans, “Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram…”

Over the years various musical forms have visited and revisited this Abode Of The Highest Lord seeking the highest benediction of singing in the ultimate Divine Presence Of Avatar in physical form, Who is verily Naadaswarupa Himself…Karaikkudi Mani joined the band of these blessed musicians today with his troupe bringing Prasanthi Nilayam alive with a enthralling musical concert.

The Mridangam maestro was accompanied by V Suresh on Ghatam, VB Madusudan on Tabla, BV Balasai on Bamboo and Key Flutes, UP Raju on Electric Mandolin and BV Raghavendra Rao on Electrified Violin.

At the end of the one hour concert the artiste and accompanists were felicitated. Bhajans continued and prasadam was distributed to the entire assembly. Mangala Arathi was offered at 1930 hrs.