Pandit Shivnath Mishra and his son

The Mishras presenting North Indian music at Yasodhara Ashram

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The Yasodhara Ashram celebrates it 50th anniversary this year, and throughout 2013, the ashram is inviting professional musicians and dancers to perform.

On May 11 at 7 p.m., the Mishras return to the Temple of Divine Light. Three generations of master musicians from Benares, an ancient spiritual centre of traditional music and Indian culture, will be offering classical North Indian ragas and meditative music in a sitar and tabla concert.

“Incorporation of this style with the jugalbandi presentation, in which there are two solo artists sharing the stage, has created a unique synthesis of classical and folk that appeals to audiences everywhere,” said the Mishras’ website. “But this is not just jugalbandi, this is a duet between a guru and his shishya (disciple) and, in this case, between father and son. Seeing this special interaction on stage is no doubt an unforgettable and mesmerizing experience.”

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children, available at Nelson and District Credit Union’s East Shore branch and the ashram bookstore. For more information, visit

Yasodhara Ashram is a yoga retreat and study centre founded in 1963 by swami Sivananda Radha. Today, 50 years after it began, the ashram remains a vibrant community welcoming people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the transformative power of yoga.

The ashram is like a small village with 115 acres on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. The year-round population averages 50 to 55 people, with seasonal peaks of 100 to 110.

Yasodhara Ashram is a Canadian charity and a registered educational institution. It is operated by volunteers in the tradition of charity and service embodied in its constitution.


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