Annual Sports & Cultural Meet of Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions at Prasanthi Nilayam
Perseverance and tenacity are often the foundational traits of success. When combined with dedication and teamwork, the result is outstanding. Over two thousand students—age five to twenty-five—of Sri Sathya Sai educational institutions wore these very traits on their sleeve on the 11th of January. Together, they put on a spectacular display of courage, hard work, skill and brilliance during the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet, a stand-out event of their annual academic calendars.
The event is a major part of the values-based integral education system practiced at these institutions for over thirty-five years. The prime motivation for this offering is to please the Revered Founder Chancellor, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Preparations for the event began a month in advance.
Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium in Prasanthi Nilayam, Andhra Pradesh hosted the event under the warm winter sun leading to a fire torch display under the night sky. Each institution performed for an average of twenty minutes. Presentations included gymnastic drills, Chinese martial arts, synchronized performances, stunts on trampolines, fire and bikes, and several more.
The creative ideas, setups, props, practice and final performances were a combined effort of the teachers and students of the institutions with limited budgets and very little assistance from the outside.
Truly, as they say, seeing it is believing it.
The Sri Sathya Sai educational institutions include all the four campuses of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music, Sri Sathya Sai Primary and Higher Secondary Schools, Smt. Eswaramma English Medium School and SSSIHMS College of Nursing.
They are totally nonprofit and provide free education for all students. They are a direct manifestation of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s vision for humanity through values-based integral education. The environment in these institutions is similar to the ancient Indian ‘gurukula’ system of education, in a modern context. Equal importance is given to both academics and the development of a student’s character at all Sai educational institutions.