A. RAMALINGA SASTRY
Cultural events marked the birthday celebrations of Bhagavan Baba.
Sri Satya Sai Seva Sangham of Visakha district organised a five-day festival celebrating the 83rd birthday of Bhagavan Baba at Premasadan, Sri Satyasai Vidyavihara, Visakhapatnam. Besides conducting service-oriented programmes, thanks to the initiative of the sangh president, G.K.P. Mukundarao, and convenor D.S.N. Murty, recitals of classical-cum devotional music were organised on the first three evenings and a dance ballet, Srikrishna Leela Tarangini, the next day. The ballet was delightfully presented by young pupils of Sri Satyasai Balavikas Kendra. The recital by Professor of Music from Sri Padmavathi Mahila University, Tirupati, Dr. Dwaram V.J. Lakshmi, turned out to be a haunting melody on the evening of the first day. She was excellently accompanied on the violin by veteran artiste G. Annajirao and on the mridangam by local artiste G. Venkatarao.
Sweet and soulful rendering of Vaatapiganapatimbhaje (Hamsadhvani), Purushottama of Annamayya (Mohana) and Himadrisuthe adorned with absorbing aalapana, scholarly neravu and swaram were the highlights.
Selecting a phrase of two or three words from a stanza each from all the three compositions, making the audience sing it, ending with Sairam in chorus along with her and all by themselves next, Lakshmi lent them participatory delight. At the same time, she created a mood of piety in the auditorium.Recitals by R. Udayakumar and party, B. S. Suryateja in the company of P. Gnanadev on the violin and P. Jayadev on mridangam on the third and fourth evenings were engaging.