is a rarity in Indian musical tradition. Indian art music is
very sophisticated in the area of melody; however the
concept of choral singing with functional harmony is absent
in classical Indian traditions. Shanti features a grand
choral repertoire based on Indian ragas adorned with
polyphonic support that creates a totally different aural
It is amazing that
Kanniks has communicated the essence of rAgas such as
kalyANi to a western choir and an orchestra through a
written score and has had sanskrit slokas performed in
these rAgas with perfectly syntactic choral harmony...
Tamilnadu will soon get to know Kanniks Kannikeswaran
and his amazing music.."
- Writer Sujatha, Highly regarded author and script
writer (Tamil) in leading Tamil weekly Ananda
Vikatan, August 2005 (about Shanti)
composer Kanniks Kannikeswaran and performed for the first
time in 2004, Shanti features timeless Indian chants,
taranas and various other compositional forms rooted in the
raga tradition of India cloaked
in choral harmony, supported by orchestral polyphony.