ONAM CELEBRATIONS - DAY 1
Prashantinilayam,14th September 2013
A programme by SRP, Sri Sathya Sai Rehabilitation Programme for the post operative cardiac patients followed by a 'Bhajan Sandhya' marked the first evening of the three-day Onam festival here in Prasanthi Nilayam today.
The programme commenced at 1700 hrs. with an introductory speech by Prof Mukundan, State President Of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations - Kerala, who spoke of the rare nostalgic beauty of Onam celebrations of yesteryears in the immediate presence of Baba.. . Elucidating on the project in brief, Dr Ananda Mohan introduced a couple of speakers, Sri Mithun, an SRP volunteer followed by Advocate Balakrishnan who was a beneficiary turned volunteer who spoke further on the activities of SRP.
The Sri Sathya Sai Rehabilitation Programme under the auspices of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations takes care of post operative care of patients operated at the twin temples of healing instituted by Baba, at Prasanthigram and at Whitefield in Bangalore. Over four hundred beneficiaries have come to Prasanthi Nilayam as part of the Onam contingent.
A music programme by Sri Sathyanarayanan Nair, a former Balvikas student, in the lead followed next. Beginning with a couple of Prasanthi Bhajans, Sri Nair, a disciple of legendary Anup Jalota sang some interesting numbers, namely, Sai Baba Bolo..., Mera Jeevan Tere Havaley Prabhu... etc. Sri Nair was accompanied by Sri Nishikant Barodekar on Tabla and Sri Sridhar on Violin along with his three sisters on vocal.
At the end of the presentation all the artistes were felicitated and Prasadam was distributed.