Festivals at SSSIHL
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The Revered Founder Chancellor, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba always highlighted the essence of all religions. Hence, at SSSIHL, the celebration of festivals from all major religions every year helps build a unique awareness in the mind and heart of each Sai student. It is a significant part of the Integral education model, and all students play a role at festivals throughout the year.
At the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus, Puttaparthi, the Ashram is a place that enables a transformation in the lives of the students. It is 500 meters away from the Hostel, sprawling over 200 acres of space and houses the Revered Founder Chancellor’s residence, temples, an auditorium, boarding and lodging arrangements for visitors, food outlets & canteens, and a host of other services.
The students from all campuses gather at Prasanthi Nilayam on all important festival occasions such as Guru Pournima, Navaratri, Christmas, New Year, Shivaratri, University Convocation and the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet. These festivals are celebrated in their true traditional fervour. Students also get an opportunity to listen to excerpts of the Revered Founder Chancellor's addresses at various festivals(explaining the spirit and the inner significance of these rituals and ceremonies.  Some of these are listed below.

Major celebrations at SSSIHL

New Years Programme Easwaramma Day Global Akhanda Bhajans
Annual Sports & Cultural Meet Dance Drama Presentations Convocation Drama
Valedictory Function of Sports & Cultural Festival Independence Day Drama Bhagawan Baba's Birthday
Sri Krishna Janmashtami
Music programmes by students
Drama Presentation - Makarasankranti Welcome Programme for Freshers
Music Performances Eid-al-Fitr Farewell Programme for graduating students
Republic Day Ganesha Immersion
Mahashivaratri Burrakatha Performances Investiture Ceremony
Gratitude Programs by Graduating students Dasara Celebrations Christmas
Diwali
Every student is involved in one way or another during these festivals of the year. A couple of examples are given below.

Brass Bands

The story of the University brass bands is one of dedication, effort and grace. Bhagawan Baba spent considerable amounts of His time to initiate the brass bands at the Prasanthi Nilayam and Anantapur campuses. In the beginning since there was no one to teach the western instruments such as the trumpet, clarinet and the saxophone, Bhagawan Baba sent celebrated trumpeters like Maynard Fergusson and other instrumentalists to teach students how to play these instruments.
With the hard work and effort that goes into the practice sessions around the year, it is no surprise that the University today has two most versatile and complete brass bands. It has instruments such as the Sousaphone, the French Horn, the Baritone Sax, and other latest percussion and wind instruments, most of which are manufactured by Yamaha. The senior students teach their juniors as they gain expertise in their own instruments.
The Brass Bands get an opportunity to perform on a number of occasions such as the Annual Convocation and the Annual Sports Day of the University and many other Indian and international festivals.

Nadaswaram & Panchavadyam

On festival occasions, following months of practice, the Nadaswaram group of the women's campus and the Panchavadyam group of the men's campuses often put up stirring performances. These programs are a representation of the skills, versatility and dedication of the students towards all Integral Education activities during the academic year.

Dramas

The Hostels house independent costume facilities fully manned by the students, which provide exhaustive services for the several dramas and skits performed during the Annual Convocation, Annual Sports and Cultural Programmes, and a variety of festivals (celebrated in the Ashram) before huge public gatherings.
There is only one religion, the religion of love; there is only one caste, the caste of humanity; there is only one language, the language of the heart; there is one God, He is omnipresent
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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