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THERE is a great difference between being in the midst of active work, of external action, while keeping one’s thought constantly fixed on Thee, and entering into that perfect union with Thee which leads to what I have called “absolute Consciousness, true Omniscience, Knowledge”. - The Mother

Krishna Manjari 2010

The Preparation

Gita Jayanthi is a great unifying event that brings together various Indian spiritual organizations in Singapore for a common cause, celebration of the Holy Bhagavad Gita.

One of the most colourful events of the Gita Jayanthi celebrations is Krishna Manjari, a cultural programme that showcases the cultural talents in the Indian community in Singapore.

Some 24 children, part of the Integral Enrichment Programme (IEP) of our centre, prepared for this event, practicing intensely under the guidance of Kiruthika since November last year. Kiruthika’s mother Jayanthi, taught the children shlokas from the Gita as well as lines from the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

The children performing were between the ages 3 – 13. The commitment with which they practiced during the school holidays was commendable. Not only had the older kids memorized the lines, little Anjali, who is just over 2 was saying most of the lines of the script just by simply attending the various practice sessions and watching the other kids perform.

The Performance

‘Putting up a show with children from age 3 to 13 is no mean task’, was the comment on the lips of many people who came to watch the Krishna Manjari cultural show. That was exactly what the IEP children had done at the show which was held as part of the Gita Jayanthi Celebrations of 2010.

Children assembled well in advance to rehearse their performance and make use of the opportunity to get used to the stage. With a simple make up the children of performed the second item of the day. Despite being small children, they were quite relaxed and each one of them put up an exemplary performance.

Vishnu and Naveen introduced the Gita which was followed by the little ones chanting the shloka from the Gita where the lord says I am the beginning, the middle, and the end of everything. Then Pranav recounted Sri Aurobindo’s famous words that clarifies to us why we should read The Gita even today. Aarti, Priyadarshini, Pradeeptha, Dhivya, Alamelu, Mahasri, Surya and Shruthi chanted Sri Aurobindo’s poems. Akshitha as little Krishna was simply adorable. Interspersing the poems were the shlokas chanted by the little ones, Shreyas, Shibi, Santosh, Bharat, Ramya, and Aarthi. Pranav and Pramod anchored the middle sections with more quotes from Sri Aurobindo’s Essays on The Gita. The performance climaxed with all the children gathering on stage to chant “Yada Yada hi Dharmasya….and Paritranaya Sadhunaam…..Sambhawami Yuge Yuge”

The performance would not have been possible without the parents’ initiative, support and coordination. Our hats off to parents, facilitators and of course, the children themselves, our heroes for the night.

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