Published on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 1850 Hrs. IST
Two music concerts were slated for the evening session. The first was by Sri Pandit Ronu Majumdar, the renowned flautist and the second by Sri Sikkil Gurucharan, a vocal concert. After the long morning session, which ended well past 1 o’clock in the afternoon, Bhagawan came to Sai Kulwant Hall at 1830 hrs. as the bhajans were in progress. After giving Darshan to the devotees, Bhagawan came to dais of the Hall and listened to the invigorating and lively Bhajans of the students for nearly one hour.
At the outset, the State President of Delhi, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations introduced the two artistes who were to perform on the third day of the Festival of Divine Love. Sri Pandit Ronu Majumdar is a renowned flautist who has performed in many international and national forums like The Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. He is the innovator of new age music. He is famous for his epoch-making album “Travellers Tale”. He has many awards to his credit like All India Radio Award, Aditya Vikram Birla Award, Lifetime Achievement Award by Sahara India, National Kumar Gandharva Award and Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar. The next artiste, Sri Sikkil Gurucharan is a vocalist from a reputed family. He learnt initially from his grandparents, the illustrious Sikkil Kunjumani and her sister Neela, and then from Vaigal Sri S Gnanaskandan, Smt. Mala Chandrasekar, etc. He has won numerous awards as a youth performer like Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, Yuva Kala Bharathi, to name a few. He has travelled frequently to Middle East, Singapore, etc., giving concerts in these countries.
Pandit Ronu Majumdar began his concert by saying that he is the most fortunate musician sitting at Bhagawan Sai’s Lotus Feet. The flautist mesmerised the audience with his musical pieces. His second piece was the famous Mira Bhajan “Payoji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo …” He began by playing the piece in his flute and then even sang the song. He ended his concert with the song “Vaishnava Jano Tho …” Bhagawan honoured the artiste and his accompanying musicians with shawls.
The next artiste Sri Sikkil Gurucharan began his concert by saying that he was honoured to sing at the Lotus Feet of Sai Baba. He sang a few Thyagaraja Kritis (compositions) in his mellifluous voice and ended his concert with the famous lullaby song “Vuyyalaluguma Sri Sathya Sai …” Bhagawan then honoured Sri Sikkil Gurucharan and his accompanying artistes with shawls. Arati for the day was offered at 2035 hrs. after which Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram.