The Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions held the main event of the Annual Sports & Cultural Meet on 11 January 2018 at Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium, Prasanthi Nilayam, Andhra Pradesh.
The event is part of the five-day Annual Sports & Cultural Meet that takes place at Prasanthi Nilayam each year. It showcases an array of physical and cultural presentations by over 1800 students of the institutions spread across two sessions, morning and evening. Preparations, which began a month in advance, involved thousands of combined practice hours by all students and teachers at each institution.
The evening session began at 4 p.m. with the ceremonial procession welcoming Bhagawan Baba into the Sri Sathya Sai Hill View stadium.
Smt. Eswaramma High School had the privilege to break first ground with their presentation, Surrender to God, that included an interplay of dances and combat skills depicting the journey of man from the long-lost innocence of peaceful times of earth, when truth and righteousness reigned this earth and peace and love had made a home in every heart and every Radha had her Krishna and beauty and harmony prevailed.
The routine took the viewer on a journey to the gradual loss of this peace to the current day times of strife, division and disharmony. Eventually, the inner conflict within man leads to the ultimate surrender of his will, intellect, emotions and impulses to God at His Lotus Feet in an effort to win back that very peace.
No Sports Meet performance touches the heart more than that of Sri Sathya Sai Primary School. Hundreds of little students, some as young as five years of age, put on the most colourful and adorable set of items. Starting with Dance, a prayerful offering of love to Lord Sai to Gymnastics, an exuberant gymnasts gambol in gratitude to Lord Sai, to Chirpy Birds, when the mirthful tots tweeted in joyful abundance, thy were a sight for all the Gods at Sri Sathya Sai Hill View stadium.
Other items included Droplets of Pure Love, where these little angels dove deep, deep into the ocean of love and bliss; The Magnificent Trailers, when the trailers mesmerized us with their mind- blowing feats on wheels; The Message of Lord Sai, when the divine harbingers highlighted the message of the Lord with their hands; Sai Ganas In Ecstatic Worship, a Sai Ganas dance to the cosmic rhythm in prayerful adoration; Sunny Sunbeams, a frolic in joy to the celestial beat, and Feats on The Ladder, a trailblazing balance on ladders performing amazing feats. They ended with beautiful Waves of Love, fanning the flames of divine love in every heart.
The students of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Whitefield, Bangalore then performed The Leela’s of Lord Krishna, a dance item that highlighted wonderful events like the birth of Lord Krishna, Kaalinga marthanam, Dhandiya, Peacock dance and Vishwaroopam.
Muddenahalli Campus, SSSIHL gave us three items this year. The first was Bhangrā from ‘The Sai Gabroo Team’, a Punjabi dance that is the best exercise to gain control over the body and also the mind, Full of beats and energy, this electrifying dance included some stunts with the Gatka which will amplify the performance. The dancers sung the chorus of the song whilst dancing around the drum or dhol, which sets the unique beat of the dance.
Next up was Janbaaz – The gallant stilt adventurers, a performance with stilts and walking poles. Students marched in files in unison, race with the prop tied to their feet, play games on stilts, performed yoga postures and skipped around with their feet levitated. They also walked on fiery embers and bravely battled with sticks of fire.
The concluding item was The Inspirators. Using Buugeng (Japanese for Martial Arts combined with Illusion), these unique, S Shaped sticks made a fine display of a focused, synchronized effort, producing an infinite, amazing geometric patterns and optical illusions, resulting in this phantasmagoria – a spectacle of creative beauty.
The students of Brindavan Campus, SSSIHL brought the show home. Brindavan Campus has always treated us with creative performances and this year was no different. They presented five items. The first was Zorbonauts, which saw the introduction of the bubble-ball, a high energy, high fun sport showcasing a colourless inflatable capsule over the upper body. Zorbonauts wrestled with other players, played soccer, and performed unique gymnastic stunts.
The second item, BrinHkers (Brindavan Hockey Players), allowed the Brindavan Hockey team to showcase their skills with the sticks with a synchronized display of skills with some real match experience. Twilight Swings was a dance item that demonstrated a Western style of dance, the Jabbawokeecz style, that involves brisk vigorous movements interspersed with slow continuous movements. It was imaginatively integrated with Bhangra, the popular Indian dance.
The fading evening light made way for the Illuminati, an enthusing blend of dance moves and human formations wearing indigenously created LED costumes. The dance styles include freestyle and dance-pop genres, paying homage to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
The grand finale of the day was Celestial Rhythms, with students performing a rope display highly parched on a tall crane. The strokes of courage and love scripted a fitting final offering unto the Lord with prayers to Him to bless us all to be a perfect note in His Celestial Rhythm.
The programme ended at 6:45 p.m. with Mangala Aarati offered to Bhagawan Baba.