ARTS ABROAD – Building community through music

Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran holds a Ph.D in Indian music and has been teaching Indian Music Theory and History as adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati since 1994. He has made his research presentations on Muthuswami Dikshitar and Swati Tirunal at the Music Academy, Chennai. He composed the music score for Mahotsav, choreographed by Mrinalini Sarabhai and her daughter Mallika. At the finale of INK Talks Mumbai, he presented a spectacular performance with a newly assembled choir comprising children from underprivileged backgrounds and with the group Dharavi Rocks. Kannikeswaran is known most for his pioneering work in composing and producing large-scale symphonic work based on ragas and for his efforts in building communities around music. From his base in Cincinnati, he has taken his work around the US, has built coral communities in over 15 cities and worked with more than 2500 performers. He brings boundless enthusiasm and energy to his productions.

Shanti A Journey of Peace has completed its 12th year of performance.

Shanti is an oratorio 85 minutes long, and featuring sacred text in Sanskrit (with some verses in Tamil, English and Pali), that I wrote for a large mixed chorus, a string orchestra. I wrote it in 2004. Shanti powerfully presents the 5000-year-old cultural history of India on a very large canvas and is centered on the message of universal peace and interconnectedness. It uses text from the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, as well as some lines from the Tevaram and the Nalayira Divya Prabandham… read more