The morning session of IV All India Convention for Group III students and VII Sri Sathya Sai Balavikas Alumni Meet was held in Sai Kulwant Hall after solemn Vedic chants by the Balavikas Alumni from Tamil Nadu. This convention will be held on 7th and 8th January 2017 with sessions in Poornachandra Auditorium. The first programme titled “Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu”, a musical presentation from the State of Punjab started with an invocation to the Sikh Guru Guru Gobind Singh, “Sath Naam Sath Naam Bol Vahe Guru Vahe Guru Bol”. A short speech by Sister Melina from Karnataka followed. The speaker began with a mention of the theme of the Balavikas meet “Marching Forward with Sathya Sai Balavikas”. Reminiscing her experiences of coming to Prasanthi Nilayam for the “Festival of Joy” in the Divine Presence, the speaker said that it is still cherished in her memory. Continuing further what Balavikas meant to her, she said it dealt with grooming the character of a person, to bring out the concept of epics, Bhagawan’s Chinna Kathas, etc., The entire experience is invigorating to the young minds. The speaker signed off by saying that all religions teach the same truth and Balavikas taught her to see Divinity in everyday life.
Sister Sai Priya, a Balavikas alumni and a former student of Sri Sathya Sai Primary School, who spoke next cited the example of the previous speaker as to how Balavikas had touched the lives of innumerable students. The presentation started with an inspiring song “Jahan Jahan Mai Jata Sai Geet Tumhare Gata”. Balavikas children from Himachal Pradesh made a delectable presentation of self defense techniques, which come handy in real life situations when girls and women face security issues.
The morning programme concluded with Bhajans by Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas Alumni at Sai Kulwanth Hall.
In the Mid-day session at Poorna Chandra Auditorium, The Alumni of Balavikas from Andhra Pradesh presented the Welcome Band followed by Veda Chanting by Alumni of Sikkim and Odisha States.
Children from the states of Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, Odisha and Manipur have presented Cultural Programmes.