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VIRTUAL BHAJANS 

Virtual Bhajans –   virtual bhajans arranged every Thursday (at 7:45 pm) and every Sunday (at 8:45 am) on our YouTube site

This onerous task is managed by our youth team members. Ankitha gives a very detailed account of what’s involved in setting up the virtual bhajans every Thursday & every Sunday. The write-up below refers to what was required for the Easwaramma Day celebration but the level of detailed work & dedication/determination that’s required every week during this lockdown period is still the same.

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‘Behind the scenes’ of Easwaramma Day 2020 – Virtual Programme

By Ankitha on behalf of Group 4

The thrill of waking up on the 6th of May and lacing up trainers ready for the children’s SSE activities and sport to begin has always been a highlight to the year. With adults embracing their inner child at heart, everyone gets involved in the fun to celebrate Easwaramma Day and reflect on her values as the ‘Chosen Mother’. Little did we know that this year we would be having to spend this day from the comfort of our own homes away from each other – only to be united by our screens and Swami’s grace and love for all. Nevertheless, it has still been a great success with all the children taking part through the wonders of technology and group 4 piecing it all together. Each member of group 4 was set a task in which they had to piece a video clip together for it to then go live on the Sunday morning.

Each of us were set specific tasks that we had to complete in a time limit for the first review by the rest of the team. Each task was reviewed on a conference call to the greatest detail several times with some clips having to be redone but this was all worth it. Each item was thoroughly amended and edited as a whole to and fro. Each time we would be adding or taking out pieces to either extend or decrease the timing with calls late into the night. This whole process was done on top of all our work including preparations for the day with Zainesh and Nikesh as back up in case of any setbacks in order to prepare for the worst. Prityben our guru, who kickstarted the whole process of our involvement, pushed each of us to perform to the best of our abilities non-stop until perfection was reached – as Swami says we should “excel in everything”. For Swami, we worked until everything was perfect inside and out. Immersing ourselves in this work has connected us more with Swami and helped us recognise the qualities in Easwaramma the chosen mother that we should strive to have.

Karan:
Pre hand consists of collecting pre-recorded bhajans and finding out what videos and information that need to be played on the day. As with every Sunday, I set up a YouTube link before hand and send it out to everyone before I finally do a speed test for the internet.

For the livestream, I make sure everything that needed to be played was set up and in the order,  it needs to be played. I include a fade and cut between scenes when they need to be played with a timetable of the order of Thursday from 7:45-9:00 and Sunday from 8:50-10:00. I then begin the livestream from YouTube while watching the comments for any spam and deleting them and end the livestream when all the videos have been played.

This, however is not the end as there is still work to be done in the postproduction of re-watching all the videos for any mistakes which are edited on YouTube so that others can watch it later. I then send out the edited version of the video and finally add the video to the playlist of all previous streams.

 

Zainesh and Nikesh:
For Easwaramma Day, there were many items that needed putting together. One of the main items were the bhajans sung by the SSE children. Past recordings were played this year where all the children sang. The bhajans were mixed with Swami’s darshan video as we play darshan videos every Sunday.

Another item that was part of the programme was ‘The Guru’s Prayer’. This was a prayer written by the SSE Guru’s about the Coronavirus pandemic and included a plea to Mother Easwaramma. The prayer was recorded and turned into a short movie which had the prayer, some light calming music and the words to the prayer.

 

Adithya:
I received artwork from many SSE children through the gurus and their musical offerings to Swami. I then edited the artwork into a video by adding effects and putting it with the music. After the work was reviewed with the committee, I cut the music to reduce the video length with the help of Karan. Finally, I re-edited the artwork to fit with the new music and rendered the video for the final program.

 

Ankitha:
Recording the pledge was a difficult task as instead of having children repeating after me, I was repeating after myself. The task consisted of cutting and piecing the audio together with uplifting music in the background. At first I had not had the idea of repeating each sentence however once being reviewed and the idea of it was suggested, I got to work and started cutting the audio and recorded myself again with the previous recording so that it had the impression of a chorus. This took some time as technology is not my strong suit, but with Swami working through me, I managed to get it done and it turned out to be a success!

 

Sai Ram.

 

Ankitha:
Recording the pledge was a difficult task as instead of having children repeating after me, I was repeating after myself. The task consisted of cutting and piecing the audio together with uplifting music in the background. At first I had not had the idea of repeating each sentence however once being reviewed and the idea of it was suggested, I got to work and started cutting the audio and recorded myself again with the previous recording so that it had the impression of a chorus. This took some time as technology is not my strong suit, but with Swami working through me, I managed to get it done and it turned out to be a success!

Ankitha:
Recording the pledge was a difficult task as instead of having children repeating after me, I was repeating after myself. The task consisted of cutting and piecing the audio together with uplifting music in the background. At first I had not had the idea of repeating each sentence however once being reviewed and the idea of it was suggested, I got to work and started cutting the audio and recorded myself again with the previous recording so that it had the impression of a chorus. This took some time as technology is not my strong suit, but with Swami working through me, I managed to get it done and it turned out to be a success!