Sirkazhi Sivachidambaram’s musical concert…

Painting holy Vishu with devotional hues noted Carnatic vocalist Padmasri Sirkazhi Sivachidambaram presented a musical offering this evening in Prasanthi Nilayam. Beginning with a slow-tuned invocation, Gurur Brahma, the singer set the ball rolling with a Ganesh Stuthi followed by an array of keertans.

Teaming well with the violinist Chethalai Sathyamoorthy and accompanied by Valamkaiman Thyagarajan on Mridangam, Thiruvalur Sai Krishna on Ganjira, Chennai Ramdas on Ghatam, Chidambaram Rajendran on Mukha Sang, Mardavali Mahesh on Tambura, Sri Sivachidambaram sang for the next one hour, singing all Tamil, except for one Telugu number on Lord Venkatesha, “Sri Venkatesha…”. Some of the other numbers were, “Chittirai Sri Vishukkani..”, “Sharanam Sri Guruvayoorappa…”etc… The concluding song was to the tune of …there are many Names of God…there are many places of worship…but the One presiding deity is Sri Guruvayoorappan…Sri Sathya Sai Bhagawan… The singer concluded with a recital of Tamil version of Samastha Lokaaha…Ulagam Vazhga… “Ulagam Vazhga…”

Earlier the programme commenced at 1700 hrs. with Rudram chanting by students. Prof. Mukundan, State President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations – Kerala introduced the speaker for the evening, Sri Jyothilal, IAS, Secretary, General Administration to Govt. of Kerala before briefing about ensuing the musical programme. In his short speech Sri Jyothilal elucidated on Bhagawan and His Divine Glory.

At the end of the session, the artist and accompanists were felicitated by senior officials from SSSSO – Kerala. Bhajans continued for sometime and Prasadam was distributed to the entire assembly. Mangala Arathi was offered at 1900 hrs.

Joining regular devotees, hundreds of youth also have come to Prasanthi this time to celebrate the holy occasion in the Divine Presence.

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