(2004, 2006): Dr. Catherine Roma, was the collaborating partner in bringing together the Martin Luther King Coalition chorale and the St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church Choir to sing the music of Shanti with the Greater Cincinnati Indian community choir. Cathy Roma a distinguished musician and conductor who directed the combined choruses in the 2004 and 2006 performances of Shanti in Cincinnati. Cathy is well known in musical circles for her pioneering work with MUSE, the Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale and many path-breaking musical accomplishments - and is the recipient of several awards such as the Cincinnati Leading woman award (2001) and the Governor's award for the Arts (2008). She is currently Associate Professor of Music at Wilmington College. She is Minister of Music at St. John's Unitarian Church in Cincinnati, and is co-founder and director of the Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale.
About the Composer: Shanti was conceived and created by Kanniks Kannikeswaran, a visionary musician, composer and music educator with several recordings, productions and scores to his credit. Kanniks who is referred to as The Magical Musician from Madras has this unique vision of building community through the celebration of threads of commonality between diverse peoples and cultures. He has collaborated with leading Artists like Mallika Sarabhai, Mrinalini Sarabhai (foremost exponents of classical and modern Indian dance), Musician Lakshmi Shankar (featured in the Academy Award winning score of Gandhi) and others.
His work "The Snake Concerto™" was performed by the prestigious Cinicnnati Pops Orchestra. His larger than life production "The Blue Jewel™" (1996, 1997 and 1999) earned critical acclaim from the Cincinnati community. Kanniks has lectured extensively on Indian culture and has offered music workshops and diversity training at several educational institutions, corporations and cultural organizations nationwide. Kanniks is the force behind the Greater Cincinnati Indian Community Choir that he founded to explore polyphonic avenues in Indina Music. He is the recipient of the Individual Artists fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council and several other grants that helped create his musical productions.
Kanniks - based in Cincinnati Ohio, hails from Chennai India. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, and then later on acquired advanced degrees in Engineering and Business in the United States. He is a senior consultant in the field of Information Technology with particular emphasis on Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing.
Kanniks is the author and publisher of Templenet (www.templenet.com) a comprehensive website describing the ancient temple heritage of India. A site visited by over 3000 people each day, Templenet features information on over 2000 temples all over India.
His recent work Vismaya - An Indo Celtic Musical Journey explores the Nottusvara sahityas of Muthusvami Dikshitar. Kanniks' work for children's choir - 'The Sound of Seasons' was performed in 2007 by the prestigious Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
Kanniks is a passionate educator and has been teaching graduate level courses in Indian Classical Music at the prestigious College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati for several years. Kanniks regularly conducts music workshops and classes for children as well as adult learners at Cincinnati Ohio and at Allentown Pennsylvania.The American School of Indian Art - founded by Kanniks is committed to spreading awareness about the diverse traditions of Indian music and culture in the United States.