Sold out performances in Cincinnati:
This acclaimed multi-media event - which premiered to a sold-out audience on May 1, 2004 at the University of Cincinnatis Great Hall - was recreated at the Aronoff Center's Procter & Gamble Hall with a 150 member community choir from the Greater Cincinnati Indian Community Choir, St. John's Universalist Church Choir and Martin Luther King Coalition Choir; a Western chamber orchestra and an ensemble of Indian instruments and authentic Indian dancers. Shanti was performed to an audience of about 2500 at the packed Aronoff Center for the Arts - Cincinnati to a standing ovation.
Lehigh Valley performance in 2006:
The magic of Shanti was re-created in the Lehigh valley, with over 80 singers of Indian origin converging at Lehigh University to rehearse the music of Shanti. These singers came in from as far as Edison NJ. Joining these singers in performance were a group of singers from local choirs in the Lehigh Valley along with guest performers from the Martin Luther King Coalition Choir, Cincinnati and an orchestra of western instrumentalists and an ensemble of Indian instruments.
Lehigh Valley Performance in 2008:
The magic of Shanti was re-created again in October 2008, this time in support of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg PA.
Building community around music:
Shanti built community around music in Cincinnati as singers from diverse ethnic and professional backgrounds got together to work hand in hand, side by side to learn and sing the music of Shanti.
A grant from the Ohio Arts Council helped Kanniks Kannikeswaran create this new work Shanti in 2004. Support from the Fine Arts Fund and corporate sponsorship (Carx, Vora Ventures and the College Conservatory of Music - University of Cincinnati) helped in the grand performance at the Aronoff Center. The Lehigh valley performance in 2006 was supported by Motorola, Air Products and other local businesses.