Mahashivratri is the night of Shiva, the Adiyogi. A gift from nature, the unique planetary positions on this night initiate an upsurge of energy in the human system. By staying awake and keeping the spine erect one can reap immense benefits. The exuberant nightlong festival at the Isha Yoga Center sets the ideal ambience for this, with explosive meditations and spectacular musical performances by renowned artists, drawing over a million people. In the presence of Sadhguru, this unrivaled celestial extravaganza opens up the tremendous spiritual possibilities of the night.

Live performances by musical artists of international repute, interspersed with colorful cultural presentations and Isha’s own home-grown band, Sounds of Isha, mark the night long celebration. The cultural events will comprise concerts by the popular folk rock band Raghu Dixit, and the eminent Carnatic music vocalist Aruna Sairam.

2013 Performers

Raghu Dixit


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Raghu Dixit’s rise has been nothing short of spectacular. A former Bharatanatyam dancer, Raghu Dixit’s rousing folk rock is not only the symbol of metropolitan India’s blossoming alternative music scene, but is also making waves internationally. The Raghu Dixit Project's eponymous debut album went on to become India’s highest selling non-film music album of the year. The band describes its music as a true representation of today’s India.

Aruna Sairam

Padma Shri Aruna Sairam is an eminent Carnatic vocalist who uses melody as a language of basic and refined human expression. Rooted in the devotional songs of South Indian temples, her style celebrates life in all its colors and emotions. She has composed and performed a dazzling range of South Indian music, including various classical, semi-classical and folk music forms and genres, in several languages. Her concerts have found presence in all the major sabhas in India, as well as many prestigious destinations across the world.