A unique offering of Ashtavadhanam was the highlight of the evening's function. Ashtavadhanam is an abstruse scholastic exercise when eight scholars participate in the scintillating scholastic exercise. The scholars for the evening were: Dr Jandhyala Suman Babu, Dr Vinjamunri Seshaphani Sarma, Dr Smt Dhulipala Annapurna, Sri Ayyagari Kodandarao, Sri Kandukuri Ramakrishna, Smt Cherukuni Sarada Sundari, Sri Cherukuri Venkata Suryanarayana Sarma etc.
Sahasravadhani Kadimella Vara Prasada Rao was the main figure for evening’s Ashtavadhana programme.. An accomplished poet,hailing from East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Sri Rama Chandra Vara Prasada Rao has conducted over 1500 Ashtavadhanam, 20 Satavadhanams and a Dual Sahasravadhana along with many other feats.
A scholar chosen in the exercise has to answer the question posed by the rest of the participant scholars. It is essentially a poetic exercise during which the participant scholars ask the Avadhani to compose poetic exercise on the spot, observing the rules of Telugu prosody. The scholars also ask questions ranging on different topics and the Avadhani has to answer all the questions.
Today, the Avadhani rose to the occasion by composing brilliant verses on the spot while answering the questions posed by the particular scholars. The questions were mostly from the sacred scriptures as well as about the glory of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
The eminent Avadhani who successfully answered all the questions magnificently declared at the end: “it is by Sai’s grace that I could perform so well today.”