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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

March 23, 2012

Ugadi celebrations at Prashanti Nilayam :

Morning:

Prashantinilayam celebrated Ugadi,the new Telugu New Year today,which will be called Nandanam.

The morning function began with Veda chanting which was followed by Panchanga Shravanam by noted vedic scholar Sri Kuppa Siva Subrahmanya Avadhani Garu.

After the Panchanga Shravanam, students from the the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning sang a couple of Telugu songs after which a recorded discourse of Baba was played.

Sai Kulwant premise was beautifully decorated with symbolic festive greenish tinge - “Pachchathoranam” - symbolosing . “Pachchathoranam”is a sign of prosperity and auspiciousness.

Evening:

This evening, the programme commenced with regular Veda chanting that was followed by a spritual talk by V Sriramachandra Murthy, an erudite scholar and businessman from Hyderabad who dwelled deep into the significance of the festivity from Sai perspective.Sri Murthy delivered the speech in telugu in which he explained the subtle significance of the festivity keeping Swami and His teachings to the fore.

A string of devotional numbers followed from popular playback singer Ms. Nithya Santoshini who sang a mix of mainly Telugu and Hindi followed by solos in Tamil and Gujarathi in a concert that lasted an hour. Her Hindi numbers included "Allah Tero Naam..." and "Sai Baba Bolo..." and the solo in Gujarathi was "Vaishnava Jana To...", the 15th century composition of Poet Narsinh Mehta.

At the end of the programme the artist, accompanists and the speaker were felicitated by senior Trust officials.Today was incidentally the changing over of Sevadal duty, for the group
belongs to All India batch. This was the very same day, last year, when Beloved Swami blessed the All India Batch of Sevadals in the Poornachandra Auditorium that turned out to be the penultimate public Darshan of the Avatar Of the Age, thus far.

Media Coordinator
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Prasanthi Nilayam

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