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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

January 11, 2017

Annual Sports and Cultural Meet 2017 (Evening Programme)

The Sai Educational Institutions held the main event of the Annual Sports & Cultural Meet on 11 January 2017 at the Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium.

The event is part of a five-day annual meet that showcases an array of physical and cultural presentations by over two thousand students across the institutions. It is a marquee event for the system of Values-based Integral Education rigourously followed by all the institutions involved. Preparations for the event began a month in advance.

The event was split into two sessions, morning and evening.

The evening session began at 4 p.m. with the ceremonial procession welcoming Bhagawan Baba into the Sri Sathya Sai Hill View stadium.

Students of Smt Eswaramma High School presented five colourful and creative presentations. The first one (by Class 1-5 boys) Sponge Bob and Starfish brought the American animated television characters to life. The presentation chronicled the adventures and endeavors of the characters and their friends. Next up were the Class 1-5 girls that performed a Hoop and Umbrella Dance. They artistically juggled hoops around their waist, hip, chest and neck.

Semi-classical Formations by the students of Class 6-10 girls then portrayed a series of semi-classical formations of Goddess Durga, Shiva and Swami. The boys of the same classes then complimented it with a gymnastic display named Body, Mind & Spirit.

The senior students of Class 9-10 then did a Puppet Dance that staged a true learning experience and sent across an inspirational message to young learners out there.

Next up were the tiny tots and senior students of Sri Sathya Sai Primary School. They commanded everyone’s presence with a series of routines starting with a dance as a humble and loving offering of gratitude to Lord Sai. The floor was then painted red for a gymnastics display followed by a Ganesh Dance, after which the item Floral Rhythms depicted dainty angels of Lord Sai creating fountains of joy.

German Wheels, an evergreen performance was followed by a Fairy Drill and a frolicking Hat on The Stick performance to a celestial beat. After a balancing on planks act, they ended their presentation with the item, Fan Fantasy, when enthusiastic trail blazers spread waves of delight as they made waves with their soothing colourful fans with a lovely song of devotion for God whilst hundreds of balloons were released into the evening sky.

It was then time for the senior boys of Prasanthi Nilayam Campus, SSSIHL and Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School to take centre stage. They began with a huge display of Open Hearts ushered into the ground. Rajastan Royals, a mass colourful display of dance and formations with the combined styles of Rajasthani and Gujarati folk art performed with props like sticks, swords, drums, fire, etc. was followed by Impavidos (Gymnastics with trampoline), a display of various types of jumps using the trampoline.

The boys then piloted RC planes flying across the stadium offering their aerial pradakshina and pranams to Bhagawan Baba. Following this, it was time for a brilliant display of Martial Arts. From synchronized moves to tile breaking to nostalgia for Bruce Lee fans with the use of the nunchaku, the audience were treated to a brilliant display of coordination, deftness and skill.

GODS (Game of Daring Stunts), an exhibition of gymnastics skills on the floor, combined with a few stunts through rings was followed by BOS (Balance, Order and Skill), various formations on structures of different heights.

Riders Legion, a scintillating performance with different formations on cycles with stunts thrilled the audiences. They then mixed it up with an item, Punjabi Gabrus, that mixed traditional and contemporary bhangra with jhaal in the timeless spirit of youth and cheerfulness. The stadium was then lit with the ever popular item, LED Light. Visual effects created with props having LED strips dazzled everyone with jazz, funky and intergalactic themes leading home to Prasanthi Nilayam.  

Fittingly, the students from Muddenahalli, the youngest campus at SSSIHL brought the event home with a Torch Drill, a visual display of various patterns, including symbols of faith, simple animation and expressions. The last routine of the day was LED & Fire Poi – A visual display of various patterns with LED lights and fire hangings from strings and chains. These patterns include a hue of different colours with fire adding to the thrill.

The programme ended at 7 p.m. with Mangala Aarati offered to Bhagawan Baba.

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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.”

For further information, visit: sssihl.edu.in or ssshss.edu.in

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