Ugadi in Prasanthi Nilayam

A Carnatic concert entitled ‘Bhajan Sandhya’ by popular Carnatic vocalist OS Arun marked the evening of Ugadi 2014 in Prasanthi Nilayam yesterday. Inciting the audience to peaks of devotional ecstasy, with his stylish innovative singing, the singer with his penchant devotion for Lord Krishna sang for an hour invoking Krishna mesmerising the audience making the evening a most memorable one.

Beginnig with Jai Jai Ramakrishna Hari… Arun went on stirring up the audience, singing Keshava Madhava Govinda Gopala…, Seshasaila Vaasa…, Govinda Madhava..., rendering each number in unique innovative fashion. Arun was accompanied by MS Venkata Subramaniam on Mridangam, N Chandrasekharan on Harmonium, Ganapathi on Tabla, Venkata Subramaniam on Violin. The artist along with his accompanists were felicitated at the end of the concert. Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 1900 hrs.

Earlier in the morning, marking the advent of the new Telugu Year, Jayanama Samvastara Ugadi, noted Vedic scholar from Tirupathi, Kuppa Siva Subramania Avadhani presented ‘Panchanga Shravanam’, recitation of religious almanac pertaining to the new year at the Sanctum Sanctorum in Prasanthi Nilayam.

As the festivity marks the beginning of a new Panchanga, it is significant to conduct ‘Panchanga Shravanam’, hearing of the annual forecast as predicated in the Panchanga.

Divine discourse followed next. Man has progressed much with his worldly achievements but has narrowed down in his mind. The day when he gives up his selfishness he will reap the real benefit of Ugadi, echoed Bhagawan narrating the beautiful story of Lord Vishnu’s mission, sending Narada, in search of the best of His devotees. Bhagawan ended His Divine discourse with the bhajan “Prema Muditha Manase Kaho…”

Even as bhajans by the state troupe continued, the Vedic scholar was felicitated by one of the Senior Trust members. Mangala Arathi at 0930 hrs. marked the end of morning proceedings.

The venue was tastefully decorated with symbolic festive greenish tinge – “Pachchathoranam” – parading all over. “Pachchathoranam”is a sign of prosperity and auspiciousness.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II