India’s rich and diverse culture holds the thread to its unity. The country’s various art forms which evolved over thousands of years are not only a reflection of the diverse culture of this land but also a source of spiritual inspiration. They have enriched this nation for thousands of years but are quickly becoming a forgotten dimension of our life.
In an endeavor to preserve and promote the uniqueness, purity and diversity of the country’s performing arts, Isha Foundation annually hosts Yaksha , a 7-day feast of music and dance, amidst the sacred space of the Dhyanalinga located at the verdant foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains. The name of the festival is inspired by Yakshas – celestial beings in Indian mythology.
Yaksha provides a common platform for the artistes to perform and connoisseurs to see and appreciate these ancient arts performed by masters as well as novices. These performances will be conducted against the backdrop of the Linga Bhairavi and the Dhyanalinga at the Isha Yoga Center . Artistic presentations, in their subtlety and vibrancy, evoke the profoundness and depth inherent in India’s ancient culture and provide an opportunity for people from across the world to discover and experience the beauty of these art forms.
Join us for YAKSHA
At the Isha Yoga Center, India
Free Entry. All Are Welcome
6:50 pm – 8:30 pm (Please be seated by 6:40 pm)
This spectacular and colorful cultural event will be celebrated between 13th and 19th February, 2012, and will feature 7 consecutive nights of musical concerts and dance by some of the greatest artistes in India. Each day is an exquisite blend of cultural and contemporary arts and showcases a dazzling array of vocalists from the Carnatic and Hindustani styles; instrumentalists including Flute, Tabla, and Sarod; exponents of classical dance such as Bharatanatyam; as well as folk artistes from all around the world.
Yaksha 2012 Performers
Monday 13th February
Tuesday 14th February
Wednesday 15th February
Chitravina N Ravi Kiran & Tarun Bhattacharya
Chitravina & Santoor Jugalbandi
Thursday 16th February
Dr. L. Subramaniam
Friday 17th February
Neyveli Santhana Gopalan
Saturday 18th February
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Sunday 19th February
Yaksha will culminate on February 20th in the nightlong celebration of the Mahashivarathri festival – one of the biggest and most significant among the sacred festival nights of India. Yaksha 2012 will also coincide with Mahabharat – Saga Nonpareil , the first program to be conducted in the newly consecrated Adiyogi Alayam . Mahabharat will be a truly breathtaking exploration of the ‘greatest story ever told’ in its full depth and dimension. Intense spiritual processes conducted by Sadhguru, blend seamlessly with spectacular artistic performances, bringing alive the mystique and grandeur of this epic saga.