Sri Sathya Sai Ashtothara Navaraga Malika…

Students from Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir, Moosapet, Hyderabad presented a unique programme entitled “Sri Sathya Sai Ashtothara Navaraga Nrithya Malika” at the Sanctum Sanctorum on 20th September evening in Prasanthi Nilayam. The Musical Dance Ballet was an offering based on Sri Sathya Sai Ashtotharam, the 108 Names of Bhagawan, describing His countless Divine attributes.

Designed and choreographed inimitably, the programme was divided into nine segments of 12 Names apiece. Interlaced with thematic songs and dance sequences, the presentation in nine segments contained the gist of each 12 Names, with virtual offering at a special make-shift shrine.

The presentation that began with a Ganesha invocation song “Vani Ganapathi Namosthuthey…” continued with the offering of Sri Sathya Sai Ashtotharam, in segments, interlaced with nine songs.

As the holy chants of Ashtotharam resounded in the vast Sai Kulwant Hall, graceful children danced to a make-shift podium, arranged in front of the Altar, making the offering. At each interval, children danced gracefully to the tunes of beautiful songs, regaling the audience for an hour.

The songs were composed by Kota Siva Kumar, a former student of SSSIHL, with music score by Srinivas Prabhala and sung by Nitya Santoshini, Srikanth, Shyamili, Ravali and Pranavi. The songs were: Sakala Janulanu…, Parthikeshetra Sandarsana…, Andaga Sainathudu…, Karunakara Sai…, Adipurusha…, E jagamulanniyu…, Athithaaya…, Sadhu janula…, Baba mere…etc.

Earlier, before the commencement of the programme, children along with seniors offered obeisance at the Sanctum Sanctorum invoking Divine blessings.

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How Bhagawan’s own words of inspiration to “go into the society, to serve the needy working with unity, sharing His precious love…” motivated the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Sangh was briefed in the introduction that preceded the programme.  Mention was also made of the inception of the school, initially started in a single room, that now that trains hundreds of children, serving the society in Moosapet. Currently the school houses division up to class 10. Professional career courses in Nursing, Pharmacy and Engineering are being provided to children with aptitude.

The society that was founded with the sole purpose of serving as per the guidelines of Bhagawan now extends help to the aged, orphans, disabled and under privileged children of the slums of Moosapet.  In September 2011 the school started special training in Fine Arts, Music and Dance under Guru Sri Kala Krishnan, an adept in the field.

Ms Swapna, a student from the school, speaking in Telugu, shared with the audience how right guidance came to the underprivileged children diverting them from a life full of oddities to the present day beauty of being His children at Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir. Swapna ended up pledging on behalf of all students, to work for Bhagawan’s mission till their final call.

Sathya Sai Ashtotharam written 1,17,000 times by the children as part of their Sadhana was offered, along with an Audio CD entitled ‘Sri Sathya Sai Navaratna Ashtothara Raga Malika’ at the Sanctum Sactorum during the occasion.

At the end of the programme, all the children were presented with special gifts. Even as bhajans continued children posed for photographs. Bhajans ended with Thursday Special “Rama Rama Rama Sita…” The session concluded with Mangala Arathi offering at 1830 hrs.

II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II