Thursday, January 12th, 2012
The sheen of the Sports and Cultural Meet of Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions was present in all its vibrancy this year too at the Hill View Stadium. On the scheduled morning on Jan 11th, the students put up a grand show befitting the occasion.
At 0800 hrs. Bhagawan was symbolically ushered in the stadium. A convertible bearing the photograph of Bhagawan was escorted by motor bike riders, brass band of Prasanthi Nilayam and Anantapur Campus and the flag march squad. A throne with a photograph was placed on the stage.
The proceedings of this session began with the march past of the students of Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions. After the oath was administered to the students, the athlete squad of students in batches of two carried the traditional torch to be lit on the Hanuman Hill.
The lighting of the ceremonial flame was carried out the Game’s Mascot, Nandi, the celestial vehicle of Lord Siva atop the Hill. This marked the ceremonial commencement of Annual Sports and Cultural Meet 2012.
The first campus to make their presentation was the Prasanthi Nilayam students. The feats they performed were marked by skill, balance, dexterity, verve and athleticism. The first presentation was remote controlled hand gliders soaring in the sky and making perfect landing. These planes were astutely controlled by students.
A huge structure, a replica of the Institute’s emblems with two swans was then wheeled in the stadium. What followed was Yogasanas performed dexterously on ropes. They presented Mudras like Chin Mudra and Dhyana Mudra with perfection. Coordination and harmony with flags to the beat of Chinese drums was the next item. Calling themselves “Dynamists”, a group of students performed various aerobic exercises. Martial arts performed with Nunchakus and the finesse with they handled the traditional weapon was pleasing to the eye.
A contemporary dance performed with deftness was followed by Bhangra performed with verve. A display of Karate and performance of various Katas was the next item. The students exhibited combat situations and crushed tiles like a seasoned Karateka. To top it all, an adventurous feat was performed on a student lying on a bed of nails; a slab stone was broken with sledge hammer. Students dressed as warriors exhibited real fight-like situations with sticks.
The last item of the Prasanthi Nilayam campus was breathtaking stunts on bikes. “Zoomsters,” as they were called, the students rode with ease while making various formations, criss-crossing each other at blinding speeds, playing guitar on a bike, exhibited perfect balance with a student climbing a ladder on the bike and a group of students making formations like lotus on a single bike.
Obstacles became obsolete in the hands of these students. They crossed with consummate ease barriers and smashed through a glass wall, jumped through a ramp at great speed and made the final formation saluting their Master, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
The second performance for the session was by the students of Anantapur Campus. Naming their presentation “Sai Seeking Almighty Inside,” the students performed an Egyptian Sufi dance and Dervishes dance of Turkey whirling and swirling to a song, formed pyramids with ease, made various formations on roller skates. The skaters displayed graceful movements, making synchronous formations. Their last performance was beautiful colourful formations with a rotating circular hoop-like structure. After their performance, the students made the final formation bowing to Bhagawan.
The session concluded with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan at 1015 hrs.
As in the morning session, Bhagawan was ushered into the stadium by a motorbike escort group. A beautiful photograph of Bhagawan placed in a convertible was brought into the stadium as the devotees had Darshan of their Lord. Then tiny tots offered bouquets at the throne placed on the stage.
“Sai is Everywhere Now and Forever Why Fear I am Here” was the theme of the presentation of Sri Sathya Sai Primary School, Prasanthi Nilayam. As has been always, The Primary School presentation was a riot of colour, abounded with a spectrum of colourful hues suffused with synchronisation and coordination.
Tiny tots danced to lilting music and beats played in the public address system. If the sunflower dance wowed the audience with its innovation, an equally beautiful dance of twitter of birds was a treat; the flapping of wings seen from a distance gave a virtual feast to the eye. A group of boys making wonderful balancing acts too won plaudits from the audience.
The next performance was from the students of Smt. Easwaramma English Medium School. With perfectly coordinated movements, these tiny tots too added colour and variety to the evening session. The highlight was a Krishna dance with gopalas. The childhood pranks of Krishna were well portrayed; stealing of butter incident and killing of the serpent Kaliya etc. Lord Krishna holding the steeds of the horse and guiding the chariot in the Mahabharata war too was aptly portrayed by the students.
This was followed by a short performance by the students of College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Whitefield. A demonstration of Katas in the art of Karate and breaking of tiles with fire lit was displayed by the nursing students. Beautiful formations with spinning of ribbons and the formation of the word ‘Love’ with long tapes of cloth stood out in their performance.
The last programme of the evening session was from the students of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Brindavan Campus. They began with a display of Yogasanas invoking Sun God with Mantras. An exhibition of the game of football, volleyball, basketball followed next. The display of game of basketball needs special mention as the students spun the basketball in their forefinger with skill and dunked the ball in the basket after getting elevation from a ramp with dexterity.
What followed was synchronised movements on wheels by gymnasts. This item required coordination and balance to the core. Display of different strokes in the game of Cricket and making of various formations with LED lights embedded on them followed next. Calling themselves “Blazing Spirits,” the Brindavan students lit the evening sky with a fire drill. The precise movements of the torch bearers won special praise from the audience. Formations like Swastik, Sudarshan Chakra, “We Love You” and “Sai Ram” gave a beautiful sight in the fading day-light. The performance ended with Mexican wave movement, which was an icing on the cake of their performance.
Mangala Arathi was offered at 1840 hrs. that marked the grand finale of the Sports Day in Prasanthi Nilayam.
II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II