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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

January 13, 2014


SSSIHL ANNUAL SPORTS AND CULTURAL MEET 2014 - 3rd day

On the third day of the Annual Sports and Cultural meet of the Sathya Sai Educational Institutions,the Brindavan campus staged a play exemplifying the pinnacle of devotion of Thyagaraja as the theme

Thyagaraja's soul search for his heart's content, his Love For Lord Rama, had given many devotional compositions to the world of music. This evening, when the students came forth with snippets after snippets of Thyagaraja stories, one after one, these songs  filled  the hall with the sublime feeling of love for God.

Presented with two narrators dwelling on the wonderful life of the Poet, the drama began with the story of young Thyaga Brahmam's initial tutelage under guru Sonti Venkata Ramanayya.

Continuing his journey of love for Rama with devotional singing Thyagaraja's relentless pursuit got a boost when Rishi Narada presented him a rare treatise called "Swararnavam' blessing him to propagate devotional music. Spurning riches and position, caring only for Rama and the role given by Lord Rama, back home Thyagaraj had to endure great suffering from his money-minded elder brother. This rivalry finally prompted his egotistic elder brother to take the worst step, throwing the Rama idol into River Cauvery.

Crestfallen, Thyagaraja went on wandering around, searching Rama... every moment of agony of his broken heart, gaping void within him groping around in darkness devoid of direction, every instances of pain, turned out to be a test from His chosen Lord and a boon to the world of devotional music. Every snippet presented in the evening, highlighting golden instances from the illustrious life had one such song to follow....making it a memorable evening of Thyagaraja Kirtanas.

Media Coordinator
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Prasanthi Nilayam

Jai Sai Ram!