Yakshagana titled "Vrishasena – The Brave Warrior" by students of Sri Sathya Sai Academy of Integrated Education, Bhadravathi
Showing glimpses of Karnataka’s rich cultural heritage and artistic excellence, students from Sri Sathya Sai Academy of Integrated Education, Bhadravathi, Shivamogga District, Karnataka presented a Yakshagana offering this evening here in Prasanthi Nilayam.
The programme was organised on the sidelines of 3rd Annual Coordinators Conference of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vahini Programme.
Entitled “Vrishasena – The Brave Warrior”, the story-line for the evening programme was from the Mahabharata times, depicting the tale of Vrishasena, whose unparalleled determination to follow ‘SwaDharma’ is etched in the history of Bharat in golden letters.
As the great war of Kurukshetra enters the seventeenth day, Karna, the commander-in-chief of the Kaurava army is engaged in the battle. Seeing his father hard pressed, Vrishasena, the 14 year old son of Karna, decided to help him and proceeded to seek the blessings of his mother Somaprabha, who tried to prevent him but is swayed over by his skillful talk.
Barely 14, Vrishasena, son of Karna - The Great, showed great determination and unflinching faith in his own self to follow his Dharma, entering in the battlefield at Kurukshetra challenging the mighty Pandavas.
Orchestrated by Bhagawan’s Sri Krishna’s astute Divine diplomacy, at the waning hours of Kaurava’s fate in the battlefield, the little lad pushed himself to the fore, ready to fight with Bhima.
On the Pandavas side, Bhima had grown too arrogant after slaying Dussasana and Krishna wanted to teach him a lesson. He persuaded Bhima to take on Vrishasena. Mighy Bhima was humbled by the little Vrishasena.
Next came the turn of Arjuna. As ordained by Bhagawan Krishna, Arjuna pitched in, ensuing a fierce battle; the tiny hero knocked off the armour of the mightiest archer of his times, pushing him close to defeat. Arjuna, as was Krishna’s Will, managed to turn the tables only to end the dual, finishing the little hero and his heroic efforts.
Characterized by colourful costumes and extravagant makeup, the programme was presented with fine artistic taste and was well enjoyed by the Sunday audience. Powerful dialogues coupled with Yakshagana Raga, the sonorous, meaningful melodic notes were the highlights, made it a real ‘live’ show for the audience.
Yakshagana is the primary form of folk theatre in Karnataka, combining dance, music, dialogue and décor.
114 students and 25 teachers from the school participated in this Spiritual Sadhana Saptaha to Prasanthi Nilayam.
The School, Sri Sathya Sai Academy of Integrated Education had its inception in the year 1978, under the Divine guidance of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai and over the years, the school has been engaged in many social welfare projects, following Bhagawan’s dictum on service.
At the end of the programme, all the participants were felicitated by the Vice Chancellor of SSSIHL, Prof J Sasidhara Prasad.
Bhajans continued and ended with Bhagawan singing ‘Sunday Special’ “Chittha Chora Yasoda Ke Baal…”. Mangala Arathi at 1835 hrs. marked the end of the day’s colorful session.