The SSE Music Camp was a spectacular weekend held in the Sathya Sai High College in Murwillumbah, QLD from the 3rd to 5th August. Bright and early on Saturday morning, over 20 SSE students, along with numerous Sai young adult volunteers and parents arose, eager to start the weekend’s activities. Many of the guest speakers travelled from interstate and even overseas for the camp, including Sai Vigneshwar, Gopi Iyer, and Divya Ravinthiran from Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne respectively. The children were taught the importance of morning prayer, the meaning behind Aumkar and how to connect to bhajans (or devotional songs) in a fun and interactive lesson involving music, game and acting. They were given a wonderful opportunity to sing and learn new bhajans and instruments including the piano, harmonium, naal and guitar, lovingly taught by the guest speakers themselves.
The SSE children were also joined by students from the Sathya Sai School for the much anticipated Amazing Race, which involved the children completing various competitive activities around the campus. This was followed by the evening showcase performance. The SSE children were given a chance to showcase their skills during the twilight concert, also featuring a performance from the Beetroot Band (from the Sathya Sai College) and the guest speakers.
The highlight for many of the children was Saturday night’s ‘Sai Kitchen Rules’ session, where the children were excited to be working in teams to make their dinner. On concluding the SSE Music Camp, the children were reluctant to go but were so grateful to be given the opportunity to connect with God on deeper level through music.