South India's famous musical fiesta, Thyagaraja Aradhana, found a new meaning and renewed fulfilment today when an ensemble of 75 musicians joined together offering Thyagaraja Pancharatna Krithis rendition at the Divine Lotus Feet of Kaliyuga Avatar Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
This evening's programme was organised as part of a two day Parthi Yatra by the Sathya Sai Seva Organisations - Tamil Nadu.
Organised by Padmabhushan Trichur V Ramachandran, well known Carnatic vocalist, this evening's programme had some of the familiar names from the world of music, namely, Padmabhushan PS Narayana Swami, OS Thyagarajan, Dr Ganesh, Bombay Sisters, C Saroja and C Lalitha, Anuradha Krishnamurthy on vocal, Dr VV Ravi, Dr Lalitha, Chittoor Venkatesan and Dr Mala Chandrasekhar on flute along with a host of musicians on various other instruments.
The programme commenced with an instrumental piece led by flautist Chittoor Venkatesan followed by Shri Ganapatini Sevimparare, invoking Lord Ganapathi that was followed by Gurulekha in Raagam Gowrimanohari.
The five gems as called, began with Jagadananda Karaka set to Raag Nattai in Adi Talam. This was a musical treatise on the epic Ramayana, eulogising Lord Rama as The One Who bestows bliss to the entire creation.
Next number Dudukugala in Raag Gowla set to Adi Talam is a song of confession of evil deeds seeking redemption at Lord Rama's Lotus Feet.
Saadinchene in Raaga Aarabhi set to Adi Talam paints a human picture of the mystic composer who comes out with a playful list of complaints against Lord Krishna, complaining that despite doing everything right, he is yet to be blessed by His Divine Darshan.
The penultimate number Kanakanaruchira in Raag Vaaraali set to Adi Talam is a composition on the redeeming boon of the supreme beauty of Lord's Darshan.
Endaro Mahanubhaavulu in Raag Sri set to Adi Talam is an offering of salutations to the great devotees over the ages.
It is no secret that Bhagawan had special love for Carnatic music, who Himself would sing Carnatic music . Over the years Prasanthi Nilayam has witnessed many celebrated artistes from the field offering musical tribute to him.