Bihar & Jharkhand with ‘Holi’ fervour in Prasanthi Nilayam…

Celebrating Holy Holi, devotees from the twin states of Bihar & Jharkhand presented a ‘holistic’ cultural evening today here in Prasanthi Nilayam. The twin states have been celebrating the ‘boisterous’ Indian Festival in Prasanthi Nilayam from the year 2005.

This evening’s programme commenced at 1720 hrs. with a Vandana dance by the tiny tots from the States, dancing on their toes, to the tunes of a fusion – of Indian Kathak and Western Ballet.

The programme then continued with a Musical offering by Ms Jyotsna and Ms Suvarna along with their father Sri Ravi Kumar, ably supported by Sarvasree Ashok on Flute, Saurav on Harmonium, Sapan on Synthesizer, Sudeep on Tabla, Pradeep on Dholak and Raju on Octopad. Their rendition commenced with a ‘Jai Ganesha’ offering singing the popular number “Gananaayakaaya Ganadaivataaya…”.

If the devotees are in a state of shock after Bhagawan’s physical departure, the next song purportedly depicted this ‘uncompromising’ feeling, singing, “Dayaa Ki Chaadar…”. Other songs were “Madhura Mohana Ghana Shyama Sundara Sai…”, “Jyot Se Jyot Jalaatthey Chalo… Prem Ki Ganga Bahatthey Chalo…”, “Enthantha Dhaya Neethi Oh Sai…”, “Allah Tero Naam Eashwar Tero Naam…”, “Kondavela Netti Netti Govinda Govinda…”, a song on ‘The Lord Who Protects…”, “Sancha Tera Naam Tera Naam…”, “Brahmamokkadey Para Brahmamokkadey…” the famous Annamacharya composition singing on the Oneness Of Supreme Brahmam, “Shankara Naada Shareeraapara…”.

As the twilight set in the holy precincts on the ‘Holi’ evening, a concluding number on the festivity, “Rang Daroongi Nand Ke Lalan Pe…” describing the ‘pranks’ of Lord Krishna with Gopikas… rightly captured the frenzied imagination, of the packed assembly, on the festival of ‘Flying Colours’ with Sai Krishna.

The programme was embellished with interlaced lucid commentary in English, explaining the purport of songs and dances.

Bhajans continued and the session ended with Mangala Arathi at 1850 hrs.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II