Continuing the tradition set by Baba decades ago, devotees from the Sate Of Kerala, 'God's Own Country' ,celebrated their national festival Onam today here in Prasanthi Nilayam. As per the legend, it is believed that the erstwhile emperor Mahabali returns to the State on Thiruvonam Day enquiring after the welfare of his subjects.
In this Thiruvonam morning the programme commenced at 0820 hrs. after half-an-hour Rudram chanting, with a devotional musical offering by popular devotional singer Sri TS Radhakrishnan & Co.Presenting a garland of vernacular composition in Malayalam, the singer along with his two children, Shankar Vinayak and Lakshmi literally brought the nostalgic 'Homely Feeling' in the Real Home away from home. Some of the numbers were "Oruneramengalum Kaanathey Vayyente...", "Enna Thapam Cheyyana Easwaramma...", "Ambaadi Vaanambaadi Aanadaganam Paadi...", "Sai Sai Sai Ramaaya Namo..." etc. Sri TS Radhakrishnan along with his son Shankar Vinayak (harmonium and vocal) and daugher lakshmi was accompanied by Sri Nishikant Barodekar on Tabla..
A dance drama, instrumental music and award ceremony for the winners of inter-state essay writing competition marked the Thiruvonam evening celebrations in Prasanthi Nilayam.
The programme commenced at 1650 hrs. with an instrumental music programme led by Thiruvizha Viju S Anand on Violin, accompanied by Palakkad Mukesh Kumar on Mrindangam, Vellattanjoor Sreejith on Ghatam and Payyanur Govinda Prasad on Mukha Sankh. Beginning with "Mahaganipathim..." the foursome presented a half-an-hour scintillating display, playing many popular bhajan tunes, well appreciated by the august assembly.
Winners of Annual Essay Writing Competition was given away gold medals next. The winners are Kum Manju Krishna of Govt. Law College, Trichur for the inter-collegiate level, Sri Sai Shyam T of St. Thomas Higher Secondary School and Kum Karthika R Krishna for High School section, topics being "Glory Of Womenhood", "Family - Father & Mother I Love You" and "Water - Gift Of God". Over 20699 students representing 750 educational institutions participated in this year's competition.
The final presentation for the evening was a beautiful Dance Drama on the legend of Onam, illustrating the story of Emperor Mahabali.
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust