Chicago IL: Shri Dwarkamai (www.dwarkamai.org), which is a recognized non-profit and tax-exempt organization under IRS code section 501(c) (3) of the USA, celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Shri Dwarkamai Sai Rainbow and Sai Palkhi Utsav on Saturday April 16th, 2016, between 9:00 AM to 3: 30 PM at Margaret Mead Jr. High School, 1765 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village, IL. The event was attended by hundreds of devotees from different walks of life, with their families and friends.
Dwarkamai Chicago Sai Palkhi started 10 years ago in Chicago land by Hari Prasad Valada and Sai Roopa Valada under guidance of Anil Naik . After Hari Prasad and Sai Roopa attended the Sai Palki ceremony in a different city, they saw the beauty, enlightenment and nirvana of the experience. Hari Prasad and Sai Roopa had a vision to spread of teaching of Shirdi Sai Baba to the Chicago area under Anil Naik guidance , Through their hard work, commitment and sacrifice, they have grown the Sai Palki spiritual journey from a few houses over 1 week to hundreds of houses over several months covering Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin area. So many volunteers dedicate their time and effort to make Sai Palkhi successful every year
The program was kick started by singing the Indian National Anthem by Om Desai and the US National Anthem by all Dwarkamai kids led by Gauri Naik. Chief Guest of Sai Rainbow Utsav Shri & Smt. Lakshmana Agadi inaugurated the event. A spectacular Cultural Program was organized between 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. An Invocation Dance, “Pushpanjali”, was presented by Devaki Janakiraman and performed by her students Sangavi Subramani, Ramiya Jayakumar, Sowmiya Jayakumar, and Sahithi Tummala, which was followed by a vocal performance in praise of Lord Ganesha by Hemangi Chinthapali, and Akshara Birthi.
A pure Kuchipudi dance on Lord Ganesha was presented by Sobha Tammana and performed by her students Santhosha Pochiraju, Shaila Pochiraju, and Veda Nallapati. A gripping dance performance on Lord Shiva song was presented by Sreelekha Sama and her students Anita Ravula, Anita Ravindra Kumar, Ashwini Gawde, Madhavi Kathiravan, Padma Madireddy, Rajini Sharad, Rupal Shah, Sangeeta Ravulapati, Sreelatha Parvathala, Gayatri Kamath, Sridevi Donthi followed by another song on Lord Shiva performed by Shinmayi Subramanian, Aditi Subramanian, Sama Skanthakumar, and Apurva Kashyap.
A semi classical Kuchipudi Dance on Goddess Lalitha Devi was presented by Alekhya & Ananya Siri Dharna, Sai Manushri, Sai Vanshika Pendekanti, Dhivija Sai Challa, and Sahasra Veerapalli. A classical fusion dance based on Hanuman chalisa was presented by Rina Thakur and performed by Aparna Bandari, Ramya Eswaran, Sreedevi Adaveni, Riddhi Parekh, Khushboo Prasad, Yashwini Ullal, Kalpana Dhulipalla, Sairoopa Valada, Lavanya Velineni, Sridevi Arigela, and Vijaya Nakka.
A devotional dance, “Kathak Teen Taal”, in praise of Lord Krishna, was presented by Gauri Jog and performed by Aashna Bhatt, Anishka Vora, Aishani Waghmare, Haley Shah, Stuti Pai, Sanaa Ahmed, Sonia Singh, Arya Labade, Ruchi Patel, Palak Khera, followed by another song dedicated to Lord Krishna presented by Sridevi Donthi and performed by Supraja Donthi and Saiprasad Valada. A classical Kathak dance, based on thumri on a poem from Mugual era, was presented by Palak Khera, Anushka Agrawal, Saachi Dalvi, Niva Patel, Shweta Govilkar, Ruchi Patel, Keyana Desai, and Sruthi Gurudev.
A fusion dance medley on Lord Shiva and Lord Shri Rama was presented by Anand Bhatt and performed by Anay Kondapelli, Rohit Vyata, Dhruv Velineni, Akhil Inampudi, Aryan Sai Ravulapati, Akhil Sai Ravulapati, Rithvik Akula, Rohan Parvathala, Rahul Parvathala, Atharva Gawde, Samar Sannareddy, and Srehith Sannareddy. Later few more dance medleys of Bhangra (based on Shri Sai Baba and Lord Shiva), Bumlahari (Lord Shiva Song), and Bollywood were presented by Chetan Velineni, Richita Donthi, Bhanu Adaveni, Bhavin Adaveni, Shrikar Dulam, Snigdha Akula, Anish Basety, Keertana Dhulipalla, Sai Varun Nandela, Roshni, Baldeep, Rajprit Saluja, Aarushi Arora, Diksha Chitkara, Shilpa Rajput, Mahima Patel, and Rohith Patel.
The Grand Finale of the Cultural Program consisted of a dance medley presented by all the devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shirdi Sai Baba. The Sai Palkhi Darshan and Procession took place from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. It consisted of taking the
Shri Sai Baba Palki (palanquin) with the picture of our Guru– Shri Shirdi Sai around the school gym area accompanied by singing of hymns, chanting, dancing and spiritual merriment in the form of a religious procession. The event concluded with the Aarti and Bhandara (Maha Prasad) between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM.
Pictures captions: Devotees celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Shri Dwarkamai Sai Rainbow and Sai Palkhi Utsav 02 AMU_3316 Devotees celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Shri Dwarkamai Sai Rainbow and Sai Palkhi Utsav