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Kanniks Kannikeswaran, Indian Musicologist and Composer Joins USF Team
January 8, 2010

Ohio-based artist Kanniks Kannikeswaran will now join USF as Artist in Residence for 2010. An engineer by profession, and a musician by training, Kannikeswaran is an artist whose creative prowess and exhaustive list of musical accomplishments over the years has brought him recognition within both Indian and western music arenas.

Well-versed in the classical music traditions of India, both Hindustani and Carnatic, Kannikeswaran has taken the power of music to a new height. Constantly seeking ways to bring together diverse communities, he has employed his knowledge, understanding and research in music to compose and produce musical masterpieces while engaging communities at the same time.

In 2006, Kannikeswaran’s magnum opus, “Shanti – A Journey of Peace”, brought together a community choir of over 150 western and Indian community members in a musical theater production that set the stages of Cincinnati ablaze. His second highly acclaimed production, Chitram, was performed at Wright State University, Detroit and at the Asia Pacific American Forum at General Electric Forum in Cincinnati. In 2009, Chitram brought together students and community members in the Tampa Bay area.

As an Artist in Residence, Kannikeswaran will produce Chitram, a multi-media musical theater production depicting centuries of Indian culture,  at USF  in September 2010 and for the first time, Shanti will be performed in the Tampa Bay area in early 2011.

Kannikeswaran has created numerous compositions and has performed with award-winning Indian and western artists. He has also performed extensive research on the work of Dikshitar, a master composer from the colonial period who adapted Celtic music to Sanskrit hymns.