Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Kerala’s harvest festival and New Year Vishu was celebrated with religious fervour in Bhagawan’s Divine Presence on 14th April 2012. Joining the stream of devotees hundreds of youth from the state also participated in the celebrations this year.
The main programme for the Vishu evening was a musical concert by noted Carnatic vocalist Padmasri Sirkazhi Sivachidambaram & Party.
The programme commenced with State President of SSSSO Prof. E. Mukundan delivering his introductory talk. Prof. Mukundan spoke of Bhagawan’s immense grace, blessing the state with the opportunity to celebrate the festivity in Prasanthi Nilayam for many years.
The guest speaker for the evening was Sri Jyothilal, IAS, Secretary, General Administration to Govt. of Kerala. In a short speech Sri Jyothilal elucidated on Bhagawan and His Divine Glory.
Next to come was the mucical presentation. Beginning with a slow-tuned invocation, Gurur Brahma, the singer set the ball rolling with a Ganesh Stuthi followed by an array of keertans that included some on the spot compositions.
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…”.
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.
Vishukkani, auspicious sight, symbolical with reference to the prospect of the year ahead, was arranged with aesthetic touch facing the Sanctum Sanctorum.
II Samasta Lokaaha Sukhino Bhavantu II