90 second Video on the Shanti Performance
Shanti: A Journey of Peace
From Sanskrit śānti ‘peace, tranquility’
Shanti – A Journey of Peace, a contemporary oratorio in Sanskrit is a spectacular multi-media musical production that integrates western choral and orchestral music with Indian musical and dance elements. Created by Cincinnati based music composer/educator Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran, Shanti is an expansive performance that expresses the meaning of peace through music that transcends across cultures and brings ancient chants for peace to life in a contemporary setting.
Having wowed audiences for over 10 years, in the Eastern, Midwestern and Southern Regions of the US, Shanti comes to the Bay Area for the first time. Shanti’s cast of 250 features singers and dancers from the Bay Area Indian community, the Santa Clara Chorale and a chamber orchestra. Shanti is a ground breaking creation in the history of world music, and is a confluence of Western and Eastern cultures.
Multi-media Musical Performance
Shanti premiered to a capacity audience on May 1, 2004 at the University of Cincinnati’s Great Hall and launched the Indo-American choral movement in the US. Shanti has been hailed for its ability to build diverse communities around music. It is being brought to you to the West coast for the first time by Dharma Civilization Foundation, at the Flint Center, Cupertino.
Shanti integrates choral and orchestral harmony with the ancient Raga traditions of India and is accompanied by multi-genre Indian classical and folk dances, western ballet movements and spectacular imagery.
The 2016 Shanti performance in the Bay Area reflects the efforts of the community over the past several months. Singers from the area have been working with composer Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran since August 2015 to bring this music score to life, much like previous performances in Houston, Atlanta and elsewhere.
Shanti is the ultimate confluence of peoples and cultures; It celebrates the diversity that characterizes our global era through the language of music and dance. Shanti embodies the possibilities for concord amongst the world’s civilizations in the face of cultural and idealogical differences. Shanti is a celebration of Peace and our essential oneness transcending linguistic and cultural borders.
Shanti is being performed for the first time in the Bay Area, to an anticipated audience of about 6200 people across 3 performances.