Kanniks Kannikeshwaran, CIS Artist in Residence – “Colonial Interlude: The Indigenization of Colonial tunes in 18th Century India”
October 25, 2010
Kanniks Kannikeshwaran, artist in residence at CIS and musicologist based in Cincinnati, Ohio, presented a talk titled, ‘Colonial Interlude: The Indigenization of Colonial tunes in 18th Century India.” The multi-media lecture explored a largely unheard of, yet fascinating, period of Indian colonial history. 200 years ago when the East India company colonized India, Muthuswamy Dikshitar (1775- 1835), one of India’s revered composers wrote Sanskrit lyrics to Irish, Scottish and English tunes that arrived in India along with the East India company. The result is a genre that is neither completely Indian nor completely western, featuring one of the first cultural crossovers between the East and the West.