Bharathanjali: Senior personalities in the art field felicitated

Bharathanjali: Senior personalities in the art field felicitated

It was Sri Sathya Sai Baba‘s 84th birthday this Monday and it is a ritual by Acharya Choodamani Anitha Guha where she felicitates and honors exponents in the field of arts for their commendable contribution. The awards were conferred upon by Dr.Pappu Venugopala Rao, Secretary, Music Academy and Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy, Founder, Director, Bharathalaya. What started as honoring young artists 8 years ago has now turned to the older people. Says the ever-smiling Anitha Guha, “Being an ardent Sathya Sai Baba devotee, I try following his saying ‘Love all, Serve all’. This is something that I can do to my artistic family from my side and it is not an award function. It is just a thanksgiving function from Bharathanjali to the doyens of the art field.”

This year being the completion of 20 years of Bharathanjali and 10 years of Bharathanjali trust, around 8 personalities like Yagna Raman, Former Secretary, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Karthik Rajagopal, Founder-Secretary, Vice President, Karthik Fine Arts, D.S.Ramanujam, Former Secretary, Karthik Fine Arts, Leela Sekar, Chairperson, I.D.A, R.Srinivasan, Senior Executive IOC (Retd.), Member, LAC, TTD, Chennai, Nandini Ramani, Bharatanatyam Exponent, Managing Trustee- Dr.V.Raghavan Centre for Performing Arts, K.Hariprasad, Lecturer in Vocal Music, Kalakshetra, Dr.Gayatri Kannan, Principal of Nrithyodaya. The title given to each awardee was uniquely titled by Anitha Guha herself like Sathya Parama Kala Poshaka Sundaram, Sathya Gandharva Gana Sundaram and Sathya Gana Kokila Sundaram. “These people have been with us helping with our productions from time immemorial and that is why I thought of felicitating them.”

Coming to Anitha Guha’s function and going back home without seeing a dance performance from Bharathanjali sounds ridiculous. Students with the perfect Nritha and Abhinaya gave a few performances which kept the audience in rapt attention. One fact what quite evident and true, Anitha Guha is definitely a boon to the artistic community as she has groomed her students very well.

Chennai Online Reference

Sathya Sai Music Fest From Tomorrow

Sathya Sai Music Fest From Tomorrow
Express News Service
First Published : 17 Nov 2009 01:53:00 AM IST

KOCHI: The 19th Sri Sathya Sai Sangeetholsavam organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Vaikom, in connection with the 84th birthday celebrations of Sathya Sai Baba will begin on November 18. Renowned musicians will perform at the sixday classical music festival.

K G Raju, Director, Department of Cooperation, will inaugurate the festival.

Fr Francis Arikal, director, Welfare Group of Institutions and vicar of Nadel Church and Vaikom P K Nandana Varma, president, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy Organisation, will speak at the inaugural function. Vaikom P S Venugopal, director, Kshetra Kalapeedam, Vaikom, will preside over the function.

The inaugural session will be followed by a sopana sangeetham performance and a vocal concert by Babu M Marar and a devotional music concert by Ambili and party.

Vocalists Babu M Marar, K J Chakrapani, Thenkarai Maharajan, Harirag Nandan, Aluva Gopakumar, Thamarakkad Krishnan Namboodiri, Muthu Krishna Moorthy, Changanassery Madhavan Namboodiri, Thoppur Sairam and Vaikom T V Jayachandran will perform at the festival.

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Satya Sai Baba Will Bless Bandra-Worli Sea Link

Satya Sai Baba Will Bless Bandra-Worli Sea Link
Linah Baliga / DNAThursday, October 29, 2009 2:51 IST

Mumbai: Spiritual leader Satya Sai Baba will be on a two-day visit to Mumbai this weekend. Coming to the city after a gap of nine years, Sathya Sai Baba will bless the Bandra-Worli sea link at the behest of his devotees, and drop in at Varsha, the official residence of chief minister Ashok Chavan.

“Devotees want Mumbai to prosper, so they want him to travel via the sea link,” said Rajeev Nambiar, member, Sri Sathya Seva Organisation (SSSO), adding that children from Balvikas Sanstha, where actor Aishwarya Rai had enrolled as a child, will release balloons in the air to welcome him on the stretch.

The Baba has a huge following in the city, from the common man to the celebrity. Politicians Vilasrao Deshmukh, Ashok Chavan, DY Patil and Jayant Patil, and musicians like Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Hariharan and Suresh Wadkar, are ardent devotees, and will be meeting him during his visit. Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar has informed DNA that he will pay his respects to Sathya Sai Baba when he comes to the city.

Sources in SSSO said Ashok Chavan has invited the spiritual leader for lunch at Varsha. Chavan had made a special trip to Pune to seek the Baba’s blessings on his birthday on October 28.

The Baba, however, is making a transit stopover in the city. He is on his way to inaugurate a temple complex called Sri Satya Sai Pandurang Kshetra and do a moorti sthapana in Hadshi via Pune in Lonavala. He will be put up at Dharmakshetra near Mahakali Caves in Andheri.

DNA India Reference

Sathya Sai Gold Medal Winners

Sathya Sai Gold Medal Winners

Express News Service First Published : 19 Sep 2009 12:50:00 AM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: T R Aiswarya and Nisha S Das have bagged the Sri Sathya Sai gold medals for best essays in the state-level essay competition organised by the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Seva Organisation.

Aiswarya, student of the Govt. Model HSS , Chalakkudy, won the award for the best essay in the HSS category.

Nisha S Das, BSc student at University Institute of Technology, Neyyattinkara, won the award in the college category, said a release issued by Organisation district president V Bhadran.

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It’s World Blood Donors Day on Sunday

It’s World Blood Donors Day on Sunday
Mansi Lavsi / DNASunday, June 14, 2009 13:45 IST

Ahmedabad: On the occasion of World Blood Donors’ Day, a number of programmes and drives will be held across the city on Sunday.

The Prathama Blood Centre has organised events across the city, including blood donation drives and vaccination programmes to be conducted at five venues — Dev Arc Mall, 10 Acre City Mall, Himalaya Mall, Prathama In-House and the Jain Digambar Samaj at Ghatlodia.

The events scheduled on Sunday include the launch of hepatitis-B vaccination and ‘beat anaemia’ programmes for regular blood donors. The Centre has organised a drawing competition for children on the theme of voluntary blood donation and a singing competition for the relatives of blood donors. There will be a talent show for the latter and a lucky draw will be held for regular blood donors.

Hepatitis-B vaccines will be administered and iron tablets will be distributed on Sunday as part of the launch of the two aforementioned programmes for the safety and health of blood donors. These will be conducted at the Prathama In-House.

The global theme for this World Blood Donor Day lays renewed emphasis on improving the safety and sufficiency of blood supplies through the achievement of 100 per cent voluntary non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components. Ahmedabad ranks first in the country among cities with the highest number of blood donors.

The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Seva organisation (founded by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba), which holds around 100 camps every year in collaboration with Red Cross, will conduct drives at Azad Society, Vejalpur and Maninagar on Sunday. “World Blood Donors’ Day is of not much significance to us as we conduct camps on a weekly basis and encourage people to join the noble cause of donating blood,” a member of the organisation said.

DNA India Reference

Sathya Sai Baba Medical Institutions For Blood Drives

Rehabilitation Scheme For State’s Patients

SSSIHMS

SSSIHMS


Rehabilitation Scheme For State’s Patients
– Aruna Chandaraju

The programme covering cardiac patients of SSSIHMS hailing from Karnataka began as a pilot project in 2005.

Anyone who has been discharged from a hospital after surgery, would know that once he pays his bills and leaves, the relationship with the hospital virtually ends there. Unless he himself were to renew contact by seeking a revisit-appointment. That is the norm anywhere.

Except at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), Bangalore, that offers zero-cost treatment to all patients. In a first-of-its kind project, called Sai Rehabilitation Programme, the hospital has been tracking all its cardiac-surgery patients across Karnataka including remote areas, and providing recuperative medical-rehabilitation services.

Moreover, this post-operative care is offered at a local doctor’s clinic i.e. almost at a patient’s doorstep, explains Programme Coordinator, M S Umesh Rao who, along with former SSSIHMS director Dr A N Safaya conceived of and developed the programme.

Thus the hospital’s protective umbrella covers the patient even after he leaves the hospital for his home, often hundreds of miles away.

Why this programme?
The management explained that post-surgery recuperative care––continuing doctor-consultations, regular medication and diagnostic tests, and lifestyle changes––is vital for cardiac patients. However, most patients are poor and illiterate––hence unlikely to understand this and do the needful. And considering that SSSIHMS gives its hi-tech treatment entirely free of cost, the doctors felt their efforts shouldn’t go waste once the patient returns home. Even in case of an aware patient wanting to return for a check-up, the effort and cost of travel involved could be daunting.

Rehab scheme
The Rehab Scheme uses the vast network of registered volunteers including doctors constituting Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation (SSSSO). This vast resource, divided district-wise, formed the starting point, explains Nagesh G Dhakappa, Karnataka State President, SSSSO.

So, how does the scheme work? First, the Sai Organisation enlists the support of volunteer-doctors across all 30 Karnataka districts.

The doctors are screened and attend an orientation workshop at SSSIHMS. These doctors–––who offer their services free of cost––submit their address and contact numbers to the hospital and to their own district’s Sai Organisation President and Coordinator all of whom then create a Rehab Scheme database.

When a patient from Karnataka––after surgery at SSSIHMS––is being discharged, his address is checked against the database to identify a doctor nearest his residence. This doctor’s contacts are given to the patient as part of his discharge summary.

He is asked to contact this doctor for three check-ups in the first six months following discharge, and also when he feels seriously unwell. Simultaneously, this doctor and relevant District President and Coordinator are contacted by SSSIHMS and given details of the patient being put under their charge and care.

With this two-way channel established, the patient visits this local doctor for regular consultations and lifestyle-check, all done free of cost.

This doctor also guides the patient in getting his medicines and follow-up tests from reliable pharmacists and labs.

The local doctor sends up the patient’s reports to SSSIHMS whose doctors are thus able to regularly monitor their patients from a distance. Based on these reports, if need be, SSSIHSM doctors might ask a patient to return to hospital––for further, zero-cost treatment.

In cases where the patient can’t afford the monthly medicines and tests (for eg, valve-replacement patients need expensive after-care), the local doctor and Sai Organisation members arrange free drugs and tests.

If a patient fails to report for check-up, the District President/Coordinator, who has his address, might even land up at his doorstep to take him to the clinic! The hospital, however, has been unable to reach out to a small percentage of patients who have relocated without informing SSSIHMS or local doctor of their new address.

Already, SSSIHMS has taken on the mammoth task of providing zero-cost, hi-tech medical care to thousands of patients. So, is not the Sai Rehab Programme a tremendous extra burden?

“Not at all,” replies Dr A S Hegde, Director, SSSIHMS, “It is an extension of the hospital’s charitable work. In fact, we derive great satisfaction from being able to extend our service to patients even after they leave us and are living far away.”

The programme covering cardiac patients of SSSIHMS hailing from Karnataka began as a pilot project in 2005.

Given its success, it’s now being replicated for rest-of-India patients beginning with Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

A similar programme is being planned for neuro-patients too.

Deccan Herald Reference

Unity Of Faith For Harmony

Unity Of Faith For Harmony
Posted: Mar 13, 2009 at 1712 hrs IST

Today’s terror is one of the biggest tormentors throughout the world and music artistes like to spread the message of peace through music. Keeping in mind the motto of ‘World Peace’ through music, an evening of Indian Classical music was organised recently by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation and the Sri Sathya Sai University at Sri Satya Sai Auditorium, New Delhi, where renowned sitar player Shubhendra Rao, cello player Saskia Rao and shehnai player Sanjeev Shankar enthralled the audience.

During the programme, they presented five compositions in which Shubhendra and Saskia presented two of them followed by a jugalbandi of Sanjeev and Shubhendra on three compositions. Apart from this Shubhendra and Saskia presented a Greek composition, while the duo of Sanjeev and Shubhendra presented Indian Folk. During the concert a Hindi Baul song was also presented, which was applauded by the audience. In between the various compositions, a jugalbandi of Sanjeev-Shubhendra in Mishra Khamaaj had the audience on their toes.

Dedicated to world peace, the programme also had four religious gurus, whose presence certainly gave the strong message of ‘Faith in Unity’.

Tata Indicom’s Mirchi Music Awards
To celebrate excellence and felicitate the deserving artistes in the music industry, Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM, in association with TATA Indicom, announced its first music awards, the Mirchi Music Awards.

Scheduled for March 28, 2009, Tata Indicom Mirchi Music Awards will witness the best of the music talent getting crowned. The selection of the winners has been done by an august jury led by the chairman Javed Akhtar. The other luminaries include Prasoon Joshi, Anu Malik, Kailash Kher, Kavita Krishnamurthy-Subramaniam, Kunal Kohli, Lalit Pandit, Louis Banks, Ramesh Sippy, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Shankar Mahadevan, Sadhana Sargam, Suresh Wadkar and Sonu Niigaam.

Making the announcement, Prashant Panday, CEO, ENIL said, “Many music awards are organised every year in different parts of the world to recognise the contributions of the music fraternity. This has been missing in India. Mirchi being synonymous with radio and music, we wanted to give back to the music industry. Hence, the Tata Indicom Mirchi Music Awards”

Universal Music-Zee Marathi’s Pancharatna
Universal Music India and Zee Marathi have joined hands to come up with a string of albums showcasing the rich tradition of music in Maharashtra. Pancharatna stands tall with its efforts in taking Maharashtra’s young, budding talent to the true music lovers across the country. The idea was conceived keeping in mind the immense talent that has emerged from Maharashtra from Lata Mangeshkar, Pt Bhimsen Joshi and Suresh Wadkar to today’s Swapnil Bandodkar, Bela Shende and Avadhoot Gupte.

Music has been an integral part of Maharashtrian culture. The youth even today is inclined to the cultural heritage of the local music that offers diverse genres ranging from classical and folk to rock. To add to this, Universal Music has joined hands with Zee Marathi to make this content available to the audiences in the form on audio CDs, DVDs, VCDs and MP3-CDs at attractive prices.

The first album series is a compilation of some of the great performances by Zee Marathi’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs Kartiki Gaikawad, Rohit Raut, Arya Ambekar, Prathmesh Laghate and Mugdha Vaishampayan.

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