Thursday, January 26th, 2012
Even as India looked towards Delhi to salute the President of India on the National Republic Day, delegates from Delhi made a pilgrimage to Prasanthi Nilayam to pay homage to the President of the Heart, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. It was an extremely pleasant programme with a great compilation of popular songs in praise of Mother India and Mother Sai. The programme spread across all genres from Carnatic to Hindustani, from Light music to Qawwali and from Sufi to Patriotic.
The programme started with the celebrated patriotic number Vande Mataram but with a novel and original presentation. The Bhajan “Manasa Bhaja Re”, reminded us of Bhagawan’s first musical discourse, the Carnatic piece “Brahmam Okate” exalted the singularity of Divinity and the Qawwali “Tere Dar Pe Jo Bhi Aaye” filled our hearts with gratitude. The next song was a moving piece, ‘Kaise Jeeyun Mein Yun Tere Bin”, a song yearning for the end of separation.
The Meera Bhajan “Chakar Rakho ji” often performed by Bharat Ratna M. S. Subbulakshmi in the Divine presence was next followed by the patriotic number “Sare Jahan Se Acha” reminding us of the beauty and grandeur of Mother India. The famous sufi number “Dama Dam Mast Kalandar” on the ecstatic devotion of Allah’s favourite son was the pen-ultimate piece to be fittingly concluded by “Deewane Deewane Sai Ke Deewane”, a song mentioning how madly in love we are with our Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
All the participants were honoured with clothes and Prasadam was distributed to the gathering. Being Thursday the day had an auspicious conclusion as the hall was filled with the sweet voice of Bhagawan singing “Govinda Hare, Gopala Hare”. Arati was offered at 1815hrs.
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