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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

January 11, 2017

Annual Sports and Cultural Meet 2017 (Morning Programme)

The Ceremonial Procession of the Annual Sports & Cultural Meet 2017 commenced at 8 a.m. on the morning of 11 January 2017 with Bhagawan Baba’s car entering the Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium with a beautiful photograph of Him, was escorted by motorcycle escorts, and welcomed by the women’s brass band of the Anantapur Campus of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL). This was followed by an escort by the Slow March Squad, a special contingent that was led by the men’s brass band of the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus of the university. Following the ceremonial welcome to Bhagawan, the Vice-Chancellor, SSSIHL along with senior members of the Sri Sathya Sai educational institutions, offered salutations to Bhagawan.

The March Past that followed included each of the two thousand Sai students marching in unison towards the dais at Shanti Vedika where Bhagawan Baba sits, offering their salutations to their Revered Founder Chancellor.

The morning presentations included presentations from Anantapur Campus, SSSIHL, SSSIHMS College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences and Brindavan Campus, SSSIHL.

The women students of Anantapur campus performed Rythmic Yoga, a form of Vinyasa or Artistic Yoga which offers a perfect blend of thirty-six Yogasanas in tune with mellifluous music of Indian mantras. Following this, a presentation named Pattern Striders created patterns and symmetry as students marched together in unison, with synchrony, synergy and discipline. The last presentation was Sai Rangers, a motorcycle item sport characterized by stunts involving creative and daredevil maneuvering of motorcycles to display various formations, dead defied jumps, blind jumps, fire jumps and long jumps. The presentation ended with a human formation of the words: Ever Yours.

The students of SSSIHMS College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences reminded us of the importance of traditional art and dance. The first item was Kamsale Dance, a unique dance form that combined the sounds of cymbal instruments with vigorous rhythmic beats followed by Dollu Kunitha, an ancient art created and evolved from a group of villagers. It was characterized by vigorous drum beats, quick movements and synchronized group formations.

The morning session ended with an energetic display by the students of Brindavan Campus, SSSIHL. The first item, Yobics, showcased the notion of wellness and optimum health through the art forms of yoga and aerobics. Following this, strength and coordination come to the fore as the Dexters showcased their dexterity with a performance involving creative formations on planks. The final performance of the morning was definitely the showstopper. Skyrunners, as the name suggests, saw daring acts of jumping into the sky using jumping stilts, inline skates and pogo-sticks. Fearlessness, vigour and passion are the qualities that come to mind as the students demonstrated that the sky is certainly not the limit.

The morning programme ended just after 10 a.m. with Mangala Aarati offered to Bhagawan Baba.


The Sri Sathya Sai educational institutions include all the four campuses of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music, Sri Sathya Sai Primary and Higher Secondary Schools, Smt. Eswaramma High School and SSSIHMS College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.                                                                                                           

The Annual Sports and Cultural Meet is a stand-out event of the annual academic calendars of all Sai educational institutions. The event puts into effect all the underlying principles of the values-based integral education system practiced at these institutions for over thirty-five years. Perseverance, Self Confidence and team spirit are some of the traits that students develop during the lead to the event.

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. 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.

During a public discourse on 14 January 2003, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba said, “Here, people have to understand the difference in the sports activities of our students and the students elsewhere. The students outside have only one goal in their mind, i.e. to win a prize or a medal, whereas our students’ only aim is to please Swami.”

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