Aum Sri Sairam
GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
SRI SATHYA SAI SEVA ORGANISATIONS
(Assam, Meghalaya & Manipur)
Place; GUWAHATI, ASSAM State- 6th & 7th July 2019
It has been an eventful year for all connected with the SSS Seva Organization, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh as they jointly celebrated the Golden Jubilee year of the Organization marking the entire year with numerous Seva, Spiritual and Cultural activities commemorating this Golden association with Lord Sai.
The Closing ceremony was celebrated with befitting pomp, gaiety and galore. The presence of Bhagawan Baba was felt by one and all who contributed their might by way of rendering selfless service or otherwise to make the event a grand success. The galore was doubled by the gracious presence of Sri Nimish Pandya, the All India President and his wife Smti. Kamla Pandya, head of the Mahila wing of the SSSSO. Col. Arun Kumar Sarma, Trust Convener and all the Members of the Trust attended the function. State President, Sikkim and Manipur, SSSSO and Trust Convener, Sri Sathya Sai Trust, Manipur attended the function as Guest of Honour. State office bearers and Coordinators from Sikkim also attended the function.
The programme commenced with the hoisting of the flag of the Hallowed Organization in the Sadhana Nilayam premises, at Jorpukhuri, Guwahati which was closely followed by the Lighting of the Lamp in the Bhajan hall in the first floor amidst Veda chanting by Bal Vikas students.
With that, the venue of the Golden Jubilee shifted to the robust Campus called ‘Brindavan Garden’ in Zoo Road Tiniali. The positively charged arena was transformed to nothing less than the abode of the Lord Himself.
The opening Satsang commenced with the All India President and the State President, Vice Presidents of the participating States took their seats at the Dias. It began with a brief address of the All India President officially declaring the Event open. This was followed by the release of three books of the Sai Publication namely, The reprint of the First Edition of Satyam Shivam Sundaram translated in Assamese by late Gajendra Sarma and the other two books being Path Nirdeshok Puthi Sri Sathya Sai Adhayan Chakra Somuhor Babe and Sai Bhajanor babe Nitigototo Nirdeshaboli translated by Dr Satyendra Kumar Choudhury. An audio CD named ‘Sai Prema Dhara’ a flow of love, which is a collection of Devotional Songs sung by Brother Rupak Sarma And Smt. Ankita Goswami Bharadwaj was also released by the All India President along with Sjt. Mukta Nath Sarma and other dignitaries at the Dias.
Soon after the release of the Books and CD, followed the facilitation of past and present Trust and Organisations office-bearers whose dedicated service was instrumental in spreading the message and love of Sai among the masses in the North Eastern Region and establishing the Unit and Activities of the Sri Sathya Seva Organizations in Assam and the adjoining states. Thirteen such devotees who had been Office bearers of the Organization and Trust were felicitated with a ‘phulam gamusa’, a ‘seleng sador’, a memento, a Sai Photograph and a letter of Commendation. The family members accepted the honours on behalf of the ones who have left for the heavenly abode. They are Late Mukti Nath Bordoloi, Late Jogneswar Gogoi, Late Someshwar Baruah, Late Achyut Prasad Sarma, Late Nagendra Nath Saikia, Late Dilip Kumar Das and Late Apurba Buragohain. Sri Kalyan Kumar Talukdar could not be present due to his ill health. The senior devotees who were present in person were Sri Suresh Chakravarty, Sri Labanya Deb Sarma, Sri Dwarik Sarma, Sri Prafulla Kumar Duarah and Sri Kuladhar Gogoi. Soon after the felicitation programme was over, Smti. Kamala Pandiya, the head of the National Mahila Bibhag addressed the august audience with her engrossing speech highlighting the Significance of God in our day to day lives. She demonstrated most eloquently the importance of Swami’s teaching which if practised, would transform each individual in their spiritual journey. This was followed by a chorus of the ladies wing of the Samithi. The song was composed by Sri Sushil Sengupta, an ardent Sai Sevak who conceived the tune and lyrics in his dreams. With the venue being so charged in Sai energy, performances such as Bhajans, other devotional songs, of ladies and Children of various units and zones like Shillong, Dhubri, Nagoan, Chirang and Kokrajhar followed in quick succession. Lunch was served at the venue while the cultural events continued on stage. After lunch, the renowned Assamese who has won several prestigious Regional and National Awards and has numerous movies and videos to his credit, Sri Rupam Bhuyan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG_hGXmab8M) enthralled the audience with a bouquet of Devotional songs. Accomplished musicians accompanied on instruments taking the programme to another level. After such a transforming experience, performances of Bal Vikas students from far-flung and nearby districts performed dance dramas, depicting the teachings of Sai and other mythological stories. A dance drama was later staged by the Students of Prashanti Divine Valley School, Dibrugarh. It meticulously depicted the life, achievements and teachings of Mahapurush Shankar Deva and encapsulated his life in the most befitting manner. Later the two Saikia sisters Ruchita Saikia sang English songs and Mahita Saikia captivated the audience with her Kathak Dance. Both of them being third generation devotees they ably demonstrated their art forms. The highlight of the evening was the rendition of Devotional songs by the multi-talented and highly accomplished Dr Sangita Kakoti who has been touched by Sai love since a very tender age and Smt. Chitralee Goswami, an Alumnus of The Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Education, Puttaparthi. Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas Students of Santipur Unit-II, Guwahati, Assam have performed nicely a ‘Diha Naam’ in a traditional way. They transformed the arena to Prashanti Nilayam and the devotees undoubtedly felt Swami’s presence with the overwhelming experience. Both of them poured forth in ecstasy their invocation to the Lord in their distinctive expertise. With the performance of Chitralee Goswami followed by Arati, the cultural events of the first day, i.e. 06/07/2019 came to an end.
REPORT: DAY # 2
The second day’s programme of the Closing Ceremony of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations jointly organized by SSSSO, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh at Guwahati commenced at 9:30 AM with the Chanting of the Vedas by the Bal Vikas students creating a positive note. This was followed by a dance drama performed by the Bal Vikas students of Guwahati entitled ‘ Prema Sandesha laye hai hum’ which was based on the Divine message of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. After the engrossing play, another Dance Drama was staged by the Students of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar School, Golaghat. This was followed by the Shiva tandava dance by Bal Vikas Students of Kamrup Metro. Next on the agenda in quick succession were the performances of Balvikas, North Lakhimpur with a Tiwa dance, All Faith drama by Bal Vikas, Tinsukia, Drama on Swami’s life by children from Narayanpur, All the programmes had a message and the children did their best to perform and keep the audience spellbound. After that Smt. Gauri Bhattacharya sang a Devotional Song followed by a Bhajan by Smt Abhilasha Goswami of Nagaon. and a Karbi Devotional Song by the members of the Diphu Samithi. Later that morning before lunch, Smt Purabi Das and Smt Ruplekha Phukan sang bhajans. The attraction that was awaited was the Violin recital by the renowned artist Smt. Minati Khound and her student’s enthralling performance. This was closely followed by a Bhajan by Sri Biju Barphukan of Dhemaji, Folk/Modern Song by the members of Zone 3, a group Bhajan by the Bal Vikas students of Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh. The morning session was concluded with a Devotional Song by Debojit Kabiraj of Dhubri and Bhajan by Khayati Bora of Bal Vikas, North Lakhimpur. The final session commenced post-lunch with the Devotional Song by Maitri Adhyapak, Garima Devi and Kashmiri Borah.
Sri Anirban Das, an accomplished Singer also known as the Ghazal King of Assam then presented selected Devotional numbers which left the audience awestruck. The most significant aspect of the two-day programme was that each of the invited artists began with a humble narration of their connection with Swami and they expressed their gratitude to Sai for the Blessings showered on them. All of them were also present in the venue, in keeping with the Sai dictum, much ahead of their assigned time. They maintained the decorum of Sai discipline and invoked his blessings before their performance. This reflected the success of the ardent devotees in being the passenger’s Swami in their little ways. Accomplished instrumentalists humbly accompanied the artists lending hands in making the event a memorable one. The Organization fluctuate the Artist with tokens of Sai love and a memento commemorating the Golden Jubilee Celebrations. The All India President Sri Nimish Pandiya Sir then addressed the august audience. His encouraging and edifying words touched the hearts of all present. His happiness and satisfaction from participating in the two-day celebrations found expression in his announcement to hold a North East Festival in Puttaparthi. His eloquent address has sowed a hope in the minds of the artists to be able to perform at Prashanthi Nilayam which is a dream of all devotees. The Soulful performance of Devotional Songs of Sai Alumnus Sri Rupak Sarma then transformed the venue to the abode of peace by singing Bhajans which he usually sang before Swami at Prashanthi Nilayam. This overwhelming experience was continued by Smt. Prarthana Choudhury from Mumbai. Prarthana enthralled the audience with a variety of devotional songs such as Kamrupee Lokageet, Bhajans and Sufi song. Any Jaba Chakravarty with her Lokageet that is a folk song and the group dance of Anushriya and Anupriya Talukdar, Bhortaal Nritya were the other highlights of the colourful bouquet of offering before Swami and the blessed audience.
Sai’s abundant grace could be seen throughout. It was indeed heartwarming to evidence incredibly pleasant weather despite official predictions of rain and thunderstorms on both the days. Swami’s love manifested itself in the warmth of the organizers presenting each of the programmes with the utmost care by accommodating all present there.
The grand success of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations is attributable to Swami’s unbound blessings coupled with the guidance and participation of the office bearers coupled with the dedicated service of all wings of the Organization in harmony and love. This report would be incomplete without a special reference to the Mahila/Gents Sevadal who tirelessly worked round the clock providing food, water and beverages to all in the most disciplined manner giving meaning to Swami’s reverberating words, “come to me with empty hands and carry away my treasure, my love”.
JAI SRI RAM
(SATYEN SARMA), President
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations,
(Assam, Meghalaya & Arunachal Pradesh)
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