If music is the way to The Divine, you are bound to reach Him...thus reveal the illustrious, sublime life-story of Sant Purandaradasa, one of the most celebrated poet-saints of India. Continuing with the cultural festival allied with the Annual Sports Meet of Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions, students from the Brindavan campus presented a drama entitled Sant Purandaradasa, a depiction of his illustrious life story, this evening in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Beginning with a flashback, the drama talks about the story of Srinivasa Naik, who was known for his tightfistedness and greed for money. As fate would have it, Lord Krishna came to him in the guise of a Brahmin seeking alms, seeking his helping hand in conducting his son's thread ceremony. After being turned down repeatedly, finally Krishna played His Divine sports wooing Sriniavasa's wife, who out of reverence for the Brahmin give Him her nose-ring as charity. Finding out the truth of Krishna leela, Naik was puzzled and deeply ashamed of his conduct, thus the great transformation into Purandaradasa.
How Lord Krishna molded him into a devotee par-excellence, clearing him off his flaws was depicted beautifully in the ensuing episodes. Some of the beautiful incidents from the illustrious life was depicted, interspersed with songs and dance sequences. A devotee par-excellence is thoroughly tested by The Lord and Purandaradasa was no exception. He was accused of stealing Vittala's bracelets, which in turn was presented to one of the dancer devotees of Lord Vittala, who was an ardent fan of Purandaradasa. Cornered by the village head with the help of some of the miscreants he was tied and beaten up, not before Lord Vittala came to his rescue. In order to exhibit His devotees class par excellence, Krishna Himself enacted the drama.
Sant Puradadasa was born in Karnataka and had compiled over 4, 75,000 devotional kritis. His was a life with a mission, who in the guise of a Haridasa touched hundreds and thousands, lakhs and millions of hearts, infusing devotional piety in them. In fact his journey continues even today, in the form of his music.
Beautiful settings, aesthetic dance movements made the presentation colourful, lively in the beautiful Saturday evening.
Bhajans next ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan.