About Artistes and Performances
Yaksha and Mahashivratri provide a common platform for artistes to perform and connoisseurs to appreciate the classical arts. It is an endeavor to preserve and promote the uniqueness, purity and diversity of the nation’s music and dance traditions. Artistic presentations, which in their subtlety and vibrancy evoke the profoundness and depth inherent in India’s ancient culture, provide an opportunity for people from across the world to discover and experience the beauty of these art forms.
Feb 24, 2017
Mahashivratri is celebrated at Isha Yoga Center during February/March of each year. The special nature of the day and night of Mahashivratri present us with a unique opportunity to make use of the forces of nature for our wellbeing. Live performances by musical artistes of international repute, interspersed with colourful cultural presentations and Isha’s own home-grown band, Sounds of Isha, mark the nightlong celebration.
Kailash Kher’s journey from a humble upbringing to revered pop star, Bollywood playback singer and television celebrity is a testament to the strength and appeal of what is undeniably one of the most unique voices in Indian music today. One of the most loved Indian artistes internationally, his music is a fusion of classical, pop and sufi music. Over the years, his band has produced songs with components of world, lounge, new-age, and dance music, along with influences from their trademark Sufi tradition. His revolutionary sound has helped him garner a growing popularity in India and around the world and carve a niche among his audiences. The band innovates exceptionally well in their choice of instruments and tunes.
Rajasthan Roots with Kutle Khan
Rajasthan Roots has enthralled audiences across the world with their unique presentation of folk fusion, seamlessly mixing western instruments and beats with the traditional songs and sounds of Rajasthan. Their performances range from a mix of popular folk, to upbeat originals, with a wide repertoire of timeless Sufi. They promote the performing arts of Rajasthan by bringing folk to a multicultural platform, fusing new folk, blues, funk, and electronica. By dissolving all boundaries, a musician is allowed the freedom to experiment and create music.
Kutle Khan has been performing in India and overseas for more than 15 years. He hails from the Manganiyar community in Rajasthan who have become famous internationally for promoting traditional Hindustani and Sufi music. He produces traditional Rajasthan folk music with Western influences and is known for his rhythmically complex compositions.
Nritarutya is an Indian contemporary dance trust, based in Bangalore with a unique movement vocabulary, which seeks inspiration from Indian ideologies. They seek to create fresh Indian dance interpretations and experiences for contemporary times. The dance trust is involved with teaching, performing, and touring to promote Indian contemporary dance. Talented young dancers are hosted by Nritarutya in performances organized by the company itself. Nrityarutya supports and initiates understanding of new Indian dance expressions arising from its unique urban structures of living, physical (martial, dance & movement) traditions and performing practices.
Rockies Troupe are a group of talented youth from underprivileged backgrounds of different regions of Uganda who use the performing arts to empower each other and preserve their cultural heritage. Rockies Troupe have performed at various platforms across Uganda, including the Milege World Music Festival, and have mentored many artists, dancers, instrumentalists and drummers through their music. Their enthusiastic, energetic and brilliant performances will make sure to get you out of your chair and dancing to their tunes.
Sounds of Isha
Sounds of Isha is Sadhguru’s own home grown, anomalous group of ‘musicians’ – inspired by their deep yearning and sense of gratitude. Traversing effortlessly and seamlessly across boundaries and cultures, their melodies are a fusion of music from different parts of the world. Whilst the music of these songs soothes our minds and the melodies enthrall us, the true potential of the songs is in their capability to instill in us an element of the eternal silence that touches the core of the human being. The performances of Sounds of Isha are set apart to deliver a potent and intoxicating ethereal concoction, transporting those who listen into subtler states of being – becoming the basis for inner exploration.
Feb 21-23, 2017: From 6:50 pm to 8.30 pm
Yaksha, named after celestial beings in Indian mythology, is a spectacular and colorful three-day feast of music and dance hosted annually by Isha Foundation. Celebrated in February/March, Yaksha features some of the greatest artistes in India and attracts thousands of ardent spectators.
Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Mysore Nagaraj
Amazingly gifted violin maestros Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Mysore Nagaraj are one of the most brilliant violinists in the annals of Indian classical music today. The Mysore brothers have an unrivalled record as star violin performers in prestigious organizations the world over. Their unique style is recognized as one of the best in the art of Carnatic Music.
Padmashri Smt. Meenakshi Chitharanjan
Meenakshi Chitharanjan is a rare combination of a successful performer and a dedicated teacher, whose passion for excellence shines through her commitment to Bharatanatyam. To her, capturing the essence of this ancient dance form, preserving the unique beauty of the Pandanallur style, expanding the repertoire through innovation and experiment has become a mission, a passion, a way of life.
Smt. Bijayini Satpathy & Smt. Surupa Sen
For over two decades, Surupa Sen has worked with Bijayini Satpathy to research and expand the dance vocabulary of Odissi dance and together they have developed a style that distinguishes the dancers of the Nrityagram School.
Surupa Sen was the first student at Nrityagram, where she began her Odissi training with the late body language genius and architect of Odissi, Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. Attracted to choreography from her first exposure to western makers of dances, she has worked with dancers and choreographers from across the globe. Bijayini Satpathy is the Director of the Odissi Gurukul at Nrityagram and is involved in the training of a new generation of dancers. She has performed as a soloist and as part of the Nrityagram ensemble, at various international venues.
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan