‘Yaksha’ is an annual festival of music and dance organized by the Isha foundation and held at the Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore. Yaksha was first held in the year 2010 and has seen three successful editions with performances in the past by some of the famous names in the industry like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Subha Mudgal, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Sivamani, Shankar Mahadevan and others.
Yaksha, the name is inspired by ‘Yaskshas’, the 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 Temple at the Isha Yoga Center.
Yaksha-2013 starts on March 3rd 2013 and ends on March 10th with Maha
Shivarathri celebrations. Experience a night of music and dance at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains amidst the soul stirring ambience of the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple complex. Every day, the performances start by 7 PM and end by 8.30 PM.
The performances for this year include:
- Carnatic Violinist T.N. Krishnan on March 3.
- Bharatnatyam performance by Malavika Sarukkai on March 4
- Sarod player Abhishek Lahiri on March 5
- Hindustani vocalist Ulhas Kashalkar on March 6
- Sitar maestro Nishat Khan on March 7
- Vocalist Subhra Guha on March 8
- Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna on March 9
- Performances by singer Raghu Dixit, Carnatic Vocalist Aruna Sriram, and dancer Anita Ratnam on March 10.
The entry is free and the visitors are requested to assemble by 6.40 PM every day for the performances. The organizers have arranged for pick-up and drop facilities from various places of Coimbatore.
The performances can also be caught online through the web stream with video and audio streams being available both live as well as in archived mode. While the low bandwidth channel is free on all the 8 days, the high quality web stream is being charged at Rs.250 per night. An all day’s package is also available for the all 8 days at Rs. 1000.
The programmes would also be telecast live on various television channels like Aastha TV, Polimer TV, Jaya Plus, Jaya TV, U-TV and Bhakti TV.
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How to reach the venue?: http://mahashivarathri.org/support/contact-us/