Shanti: A Journey Of Peace
- Performed at Houston
Over 2800 people in the audience (in a two back-to-back performances) at the Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston, cheered the 250 strong cast in a thundering standing ovation at the culmination of a year long effort that led to spectacular performances on March 13, 2010.
Chief Guest, Consular General Mr. Sanjiv Arora described the concert as a moving experience. The Voice of Asia described the mesmerizing effect that Shanti had on Houston. Indo American News described Shanti as a Herculean feat.
Shanti was performed by a 90 member Indian community choir. Kanniks Kannikeswaran, compoer and director of Shanti made several trips to Houston to build and nurture this choir, which teamed up with the United Nations Association International Choir and a 25 member chamber orchestra with several players from the Houston Symphony. The combined choruses were conducted by Eric Esparza, Interim Conductor of UNAIC. Accompanying the music were dancers from the Houston community, choreographed by leading artists such as Rathna Kumar, Uma Nagarsheth and others.
Shanti is a brainchild of Cincinnati based visionary composer Kanniks Kannikeswaran, the founder of the Indian American choral movement and its impact is being felt by the Indian diaspora across the United States. Shanti is a trailblazer and has built community around music in amazing ways. It was performed first in 2004. It was then presented by the Cincinnati Arts Association and performed to a packed hall of 2600 at the prestigious Aronoff Center for the Arts - Cincinnati OH, in March 2006 and again at the Zoellner Arts Center in Bethlehem PA in May 2006. It was presented yet again at the Zoellner Arts Center October 2008.