Sitar Recital by Prof Indrani Chakravarti

Preceding the nine day festive season of Devi Navarathri, accomplished musician and Principal of Sri Sathya Sai Music College, Prof Indrani Chakravarti presented a Sitar recital at the Sanctum Sanctorum this evening here in Prasanthi Nilayam. The fifty minute presentation had three musical pieces that ended with playing to the tune of the popular bhjan Rama Nama Tharakam Sada Bhajore… Prof Chakravarti was accompanied by Pandit Nishikanth Barodekar on Tabla and Sri Suryanarayan Murthy on Tanpura, both faculties at Mirpuri Music College.

At the end of the presentation the artistes were felicitated. Bhajans continued for sometime before Mangala Arathi at 1800 hrs.

As has been the tradition from the year 2000, Nine Days of Seva Yajna, Sri Sathya Sai Grama Seva, is set to commence tomorrow. Over 150 villages of the three mandals of Anantapur district, Puttaparthi, Kothacheruvu, and Bukkapatnam will be covered in this years’s Grama Seva spanning nine days. More than 2000 students from the four campuses of the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning-namely Prasanti Nilayam,Brindavan, Anantapur and Muddenahalli along with students of our Higher Secondary School will participate in this 9 day event. Totally 50000 households will be given food and clothing during this period.

Students of the Anantapur Campus participate in the packing more than thirty thousand food packets of tamarind rice which are distributed every day during the 9 days of festivity. Along with food packets, an equal number of laddoos are packed separately by the Higher Secondary School students through the night so that it is ready for distribution the next day.

All of the 153 villages of the three mandals are covered during the 9 days. Totally fifty thousand households are given sarees and dhotis at the door step covering a radius of more 25 kms around Puttaparthi. This has been continuously going on since the year 2000 under the auspices of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust for the past 12 years uninterrupted.

II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II