Agra: A packed audience made up of Sachin Tendulkar fans and local sportspersons joined a popular bhajan singer at Eklavya Stadium in Agra to recite the `Sachin chalisa` - otherwise a devotional genre, but in this case dedicated to the cricket maestro!

They were celebrating his 100th century, of course.

The musical programme was formally opened Sunday by the city`s additional district magistrate Arun Prakash and attended by a large number of cricketers and other sportspersons.

Pandit Manish Sharma, the singer, started with Sachin kahani - "Sachin ne kar diya aisa kaam, saare jag mein kar diya naam."

This was followed by the Sachin chalisa - a la Hanuman Chalisa. "Master blaster Tenduliya little master kahlaye; champion, genius, cricket god kahlaye: ek shatak ki kya, usne shatakon ka shatak diya banaye."

The programme ended with distribution of sweets as prasad.

(Agencies)