Two of the promising young talents from God’s Own Country, Kerala , lit the Prasanthi evening-turned-twilight with the effulgent musical brilliance of devotional singing today here, in Prasanthi Nilayam. The programme was organised on the sidelines of a Parthi Yatra by the media and legal fraternity of the State. The artistes were Kum Janaki M Nair and Kum Abhirami Ajai.
Commencing the proceedings at 1700 hrs., Prof M. Mukundan, State President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Kerala shared with the audience the impact and influence of the ‘Media Parthi Yatra’ during last year. Accepting Bhagawan’s version of ‘no publicity’ for Him and His Mission, as shared with one of the former Vice Chancellors at SSSIHL, the Professor said that the current Parthi Yatra is aimed at disseminating information and not publicity. He paused a question, if we do not do it now, then who will do it and when???, before introducing the ensuing session.
Singing their hearts out, the young talents next regaled OmniPresent Bhagawan and the august assembly for the next 80 minutes with a range of devotional numbers. Singing in her simplistic devotion, with effective tonal variations, Janaki Nair presented a bouquet of Carnatic numbers, including a scintillating “Nagumo…” followed by “Jagadhodhdharana…”, offering a heart soaked in devotion. Janaki’s other numbers included a couple of Tamil pieces, a bhajan and one of Kerala’s popular Malayalam song on the Lord Of Guruvayoor, “Oru Neramengilum Kanaathey Vayyente…”.
Abhirami Ajai, a young, blossoming talent from the State, continued from where Janaki stopped, beginning with a Guru Vandana sloka.
Presenting a repertoire of devotionals, lifting the twilight’s mood to the zenith of devotion, Abhirami sang with much of expressive feeling, bhava, inducing devotional fervour into the emerging twilight. Abhirami had Srinivasa Thiruvenkata Mudayan…, Uyyalaluguma Sri Sathya Sai…, a lullaby on Swami, Bhakta Jana Vatsaley…, an inciting Marathi number on Lord Vittala, a special bhajan, a lilting “Bho Shambho…”, etc.
The mood turned simply ecstatic, absorbed in the melody of musical magic of two budding promises from God’s Own Country.
The artistes were accompanied by Sarvasree Nishikanth Bharodekar on Tabla, Chertalai Sri Kumar Verma on Mridangam and Smt Lekha Verma on Violin.
Bhajans continued and the session ended with Mangala Arathi at 1830 hrs.