Choral music 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 dimension.

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)

Created by 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.
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