Saturday, July 14th, 2012
Burra Katha – the storytelling folk art form of Andhra Pradesh has been a distinct tool in the hands of Bhagawan in disseminating greater messages for humanity. This special Divine interest has helped this distinct art form to earn the status of ‘Divine Folklore’. Sai Kulwant Hall in Prasanthi Nilayam has witnessed many a Burra Katha session in the past, often with Bhagawan taking active personal interest.
Almost a year from the previous Burra Katha offering, students from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning offered yet another offering, this time with the theme “Sambhavami Yuge Yuge”, on 14th July evening to an august assembly of devotees in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Presenting a bird’s eye view of the entire gamut of the epic Kurukshetra Battle, more famously known as the Mahabharata War, the trio of Kathakudu (the story teller), the Rajakiya (political analyst) and the Hasyaka (the humourist) enthralled the audience for the next fifty minutes, interspersing their presentation with songs and verses, presenting the storyline with great articulation.
Beginning with an invocation to Lord Ganesha, the presentation continued with the narration of Lord Krishna’s visit to Hastinapur to broker peace with the Kauravas and the great predicament of Arjuna at the battlefield, upon seeing his relatives and near ones fighting at each other. The storyline continued with Lord Krishna counselling Arjuna to fight the war for the sake of righteousness that was followed by the action-packed scenes from the battlefield, where Bhima, the powerful warrior and Bhishma, the commander-in-chief of the Kauravas get set to face off. The poignant scene of Bhishma getting mortally wounded by the arrow of Arjuna and his long wait on the bed of arrows for the arrival of auspicious Uttarayana (northward movement of the sun) to cast away his body was well narrated.
The presentation concluded at 1750 hrs. with the succinct narration of crowning of Dharmaraja after the thumping victory of Pandavas. With Bhagawan’s saying, “My Life is My Message,” the artistes left the stage. Bhajans continued before Mangala Arathi bringing the session to a close.
This was the second batch of Burra Katha Team comprising of Amit Chandrasekhar (the story teller), Manikanta (political analyst) and Janakiram (the humourist) well trained by the regular veteran trainer, Sri Krishna Bhaskar from BHEL whose stint with the art form dates back to the nineties.
II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II
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