Presentation by Children from Australia

Children from Australia presented a music programme and skit entitled “Australia Dreaming”. The theme of the programme is to show the unity between the rich and ancient aboriginal culture of Australia and the timeless teachings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The programme started with an introductory talk by Ms Sheila Nagaratnam who narrated the backdrop of the pilgrimage and Bhagawan’s instructions to her on an interview many years ago.

The children presented stuffed animals to Bhagawan as a representation of the animals of the country. They started the music programme with sanskrit lyrics seamlessly moving on to English. Quoting lines from the Holy Bible appropriate to the age we live in, they sang a song on Nirvana supported by some very good instrumental rendering.

They followed this up with a skit based on an Aboriginal Dreamtime story on how the Kangaroo got its pouch which on a deeper level expounded the human values of Love, Compassion and Sacrifice through some of Australia’s unique and lovable  wildlife, including the kangaroo, wombat, koala and emu.

The children concluded the programme with a famous Australian song which evokes the rich spirituality of the traditional people of Australia and  their deep connection to Nature, “We are one, but we are many”. The participants were honoured with gifts and prasadam was distributed to the  assembly.