Jhoola Mahotsavam and Musical Concerts…

Jhoola Mahotsavam along with two scintillating music concerts marked the glittering 87th Birthday evening here in Prasanthi Nilayam today.

Bliss of swinging the Divine has been a rare blessing on earth, in Prasanthi, where Bhagawan with His supreme munificence would grant this most unparalleled blessing upon the humanity in the bygone golden decades. In the past special birthday occasions or landmark birthdays would feature Jhoola Mahotsavam. Cherishing those golden moments Prasanthi revisited those golden moments last year, swinging the Lord on the Jhoola to the accompaniment of musical offering.

Today, in the evening, the Jhoola that adorned the centre-stage in the Sai Kulwant Hall swung to the melody of musical delight, witnessed by thousands upon thousands.

The first programme in the evening was by Pandit Debhashish Bhattacharya, who played on a stringed instrument, Slide Guitar. Pandit Debhashish Bhattacharya fine tuned his skills under the tutelage of renowned Ajay Chakraborthy, an eminent vocalist and gave his maiden concert at the tender age of four in All India Radio.

In the evening, Debhashish played with elan striking notes of melody into the hearts of every soul present in the vast Sai Kulwant Hall. Playing for a full half-an hour, the artiste won plaudits from the capacity audience.

Before the last piece, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya went nostalgic, recalling his earlier performance in Bhagawan’s Divine Presence in 1994, when the artiste had an opportunity to interact with the Divine. He said, recalling his ‘heart-to-heart’ association ever-since , “It was my constant dialogue with Him.”  Requesting for another five minutes, he played his final composition in Raga Bhairavi. At the end of the performance, the Pandit along with his wife, who accompanied him on Tanpura, along with Tabla accompanists were felicitated.

Next to come was a Carnatic Vocal by  Sri Abhishek Raghuram. Through the unique tutelage of his illustrious grandfather Palghat Raghu, renowned Mridangam maestro, Abhishek grew from a child prodigy to fine tune his skills to become an accomplished name in Carnatic music.

Today, in the beautiful heavenly twilight, the young artiste who burst into spells of Carnatic vocal showcasing his prowess was a treat to watch and feast to listen, especially with his beautiful raga notes and serpentine twists. Abhishek concluded singing an Uyyala (Jhoola) song, an apt end to a glorious wonderful evening.

At the end of the programme, the artiste along with his accompanists were felicitated.

Bhajans continued and ended with Bhagawan singing “Bhaja Govindam, Bhaja Govindam”. Prasadam was distributed to the capacity audience and Mangala Arathi was offered at 2000 hrs.

Tomorrow, being the last day of the ongoing 87th Birthday celebrations, devotees from Japan and Malaysia will be presenting cultural programmes.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II