Prem Ki Pukaar, Drama by Higher Secondary Boys…

Ram Naam and Ram Karya, Rama’s Name and Rama’s Work are important to win God’s grace was the message from the students of Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, Prasanthi Nilayam last evening when they offered a most spectacular Dance Drama entitled ‘Prem Ki Pukaar’ herein Prasanthi Nilayam.

After the spectacular Sports & Cultural Meet on 11th January, cultural festival is to continue. Last evening, taking their turn, blossoming talents from the Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School offered a most scintillating Dance Drama airing the theme of Love For God, Surrender, Faith and Service to God.

Revolving around the story of a group of pilgrims, who met at Shivapuram, the temple city, the drama brought to the fore life’s most essential values for man to earn Divine Grace. Even as the small group met at Shivapuram got into one company, moving about discussing life and values, the drama took interesting turn wherein interactions among them brought finer spiritual values to the fore, helping each one of them, who are at the crossroads of their societal and spiritual lives, getting the right direction through greater spiritual awareness. The storyline with many flashbacks had the finer life values in display, namely, Etenal Service, Surrender, Inspiration, Worship, Faith etc.

Why and what are the significances of Idol worship?…  Why the Lord does not appear even after taking His Name continuously for long time?… How Surrender works miracles in life?… Is it a folly to keep moving from temple after temple worshipping the Lord?… these were some of the intriguing practical questions some of the touring party members who met at Shivapuram had… and each one of them got their answer with the help of the senior most and most experienced in the group Prem Sagar and thus the drama content of values. Are our actions motivated by fear of God or Love for humanity or God?… was an intriguing question the drama thrown open beginning the Shivapuram story. The Story of Vibheeshana who gets the message of Eternal Service from Hanuman, at Lanka, the story of the Court Singer who fell at the Feet of Lord Shiva pleading his inadequacy to match with a challenging popular singer’s class who invited him for a dual competition, the story of Vivekananda at Mewar King’s darbar teaching the king of the greater importance of Idol worship etc. were shown through various flashback scenes. Though the presentation was in English, some of the flashback scenes were purely in Telugu with abundant comical touch.

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The drama finally took a complete dramatic turn when the veteran Prem Sagar who had been preaching great practical wisdom all along  turned emotional narrating his own story. Being a cancer patient in his final stage, Prem, quite contented otherwise, who had always been engaged in Lord’s service, felt disappointed that he did not get enough time to do the service of His Lord which he thought is a must.  At this juncture, the fruit vendor, a familiar face by now for the touring party, approached him playfully with a small photograph of a missing boy, in the pretext that Prem had given it to him, the fruit vendor…  Prem immediately recognised the boy to be his long lost son who was none other than the Vikram in the touring group.

Even as an emotional Vikram got reunited with his father, Prem, who had just about a month to survive turned emotional that he would not be available for his long lost son in the long run.  Wondering at the cruel play of the Lord even as Prem turned introspective, the fruit vendor returned again playing his playful pranks at Prem and others. Upon hearing about his sad story of Cancer with one month time, the fruit vendor happily gave him an apple with his assurance, saying, his Cancer Is Cancelled.

It was God Himself Who came in the guise of the fruit vendor proving that for the 0ne who is engaged in His service oriented worship God can never be away. The presentation ended with a final group song singing Sai’s Glory.

Relentless applause by the audience at the end was a mark of acknowledgement of the fantastic show…and at the end children reciprocated it with their usual refrain, “We Love You Swami!”

Bhajans continued and ended with Bhagawan singing “Manasa Bhajarey Gurucharanam…”. Mangala Arathi at 1840 marked the end of proceedings.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II