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 13, 2018
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.
Sonu Nigam (Special Guest Performance)
Sonu Nigam is a leading Indian singer who rose to acclaim through playback singing in films. Gifted with an extraordinarily melodious voice and versatile talent, Sonu Nigam may well be called one of the best singers of recent times. Some of his accolades include the Swaralaya Yesudas Award for his outstanding performance in music and the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for his work in the film Kal Ho Naa Ho.
Daler Singh Mehndi is a well-known performer, entertainer and an industry-renowned musician. Bought up in a family of musicians, Daler Mehndi started practicing the various iterations of Indian classical music such as Ragas and Shabads from an early age. He has given several hits to the music industry including the world-famous Internet phenomenon Tunak Tunak Tun and Bolo Ta Ra Ra.
Sean Roldan and Friends
Raghavendra, popularly known as Sean Roldan, is a singer and music composer who works for the Tamil film industry. His debut composition won him critical acclaim and praise from all corners. He has worked on Carnatic, independent and film soundtracks, as well as independent Tamil music with his band, Sean Roldan & Friends.
Feb 10-12, 2018: 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.
Nephew of the legendary Hariprasad Chaurasia, Rakesh Chaurasia has been called one of his uncle’s “most accomplished disciples.” The internationally acclaimed flautist has won many awards and composed several major albums.
Shruti Sadolikar Katkar
A popular concert musician as well as a scholar of the musical arts, Ms Katkar has delighted audiences with her voice for several decades. She is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award, the highest Indian recognition given to performing artistes.
Considered a prodigy with the chitraveena, N Ravikiran is a master of this instrument. He has over 800 compositions to his credit, aside from being one of the youngest recipients of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award.
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan