Aum Sri Sai Ram
Press Release by
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
August 29, 2012
Onam 2012 :
A rich ensemble showcasing the culture of Kerala paraded the streets of Puttaparthy to mark the third day,the day of Thiruvonam when llegend has it that the Emperor Mahabali visits his erstwhile subjects.The procession of thousands moved with the customary discipline and pageantry of Kerala.Various cultural traditions, namely, Thrivathirakkali, Vallam Kali (boat race), Theyyam art, Kalaripayattu, Kolkkali, Kavadiyattam, Oppana of Muslim community were on display apart from Panchavadyam, Nadasawaram, Vedam and Bhajans.The Mandir too was bedecked with typical Kerala decorations. Onapookkalam, traditional flower decoration along with Nirapara (traditional Indian measuring cup symbolising plentiful harvest) was arranged in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum.
Nadaswaram batch from the Institute played for fifteen minutes before the state troupe bhajans at 0900 hrs.
After the colorful cultural procession in the morning, the evening witnessed the Balvikas Children from Calicut (Kozhikode) District of the state bringing colour to the Mandir precincts through a Dance Drama entitled Parvathi Parinayam . .
The programme continued with a musical solo by Sri TS Radhakrishnan, a familiar voice in Prasanthi during Kerala festivals, who invoked Lord Krishna with the popular song "Neerajadala Nayana Hare Krishna..."
Gold medals were given away to the winners of Annual Essay Writing Competition, organised by the State Organisation and held at College and Higher Secondary levels, The winners Kum. Jessey KS from Thiruvananthapuram and Kum Surya Raghavendran from Trissur received the medals from Sri K Chakravarthi, Secretary-Board of Trustees of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.. Speaking on the occasion, Sri K Chakravarthi lauded the commendable effort by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations in bringing greater awareness in students at school and college levels. Sri Chakravarthi urged other state organisations also to emulate the Kerala model.
The Guest Speaker for the evening was Hon. Justice Sri Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan, sitting judge at the Kerala High Court.
"All the efforts that we have taken to assemble here is to bring to you the Kerala Onam to Puttaparthi" said the Hon.Justice addressing the thousands from Kerala, assembled in the Sai Kulwant Hall. Commenting on the erosion in human values owing to unhealthy culture of commercialism and excess materialism, he posed a question whether we are able to practise Bhagawan's teachings in full and whether we are we able to take His messages forward effectively. He also mentioned about His personal experience, as to how Bhagawan beautifully dispelled the illusion of 'duality in spirituality', after years of infighting, bringing greater awareness about Bhagawan's all-pervasive entity.
Concluding his inspirational speech the Justice urged every devotee to raise to the level of practising His teachings, irrespective position and cadre, mingling five Human Values with great constitutional values, making India a Sai Bharat, as envisioned by Beloved Bhagawan.
Next to come was a colourful dance drama by the Balvikas chidren from Calicut, entitled "Parvathi Parinayam". Intertwined with melodious songs and dance sequences, the children from the state presented a most absorbing session, depicting the legend of the Holy Marriage of Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi.
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
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