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Shanti: A Journey of Peace

From Sanskrit śānti ‘peace, tranquility’

ShantiA 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.

What People Say About Shanti

``Shanti” is a grand theatrical performance involving many artists and musical instruments, all brought together to enjoy the experience of harmony of different expressions of culture, without losing each one’s individuality. This is what is required by humanity—a capacity to enjoy each other, without the pressure to change and bring others to the melting pot of one’s own culture. A program like “Shanti” makes us appreciate the riches of global culture. The people involved in staging “Shanti” are committed to this cultural harmony as the basis of spiritual accomplishment. I congratulate the entire team and the leader, Kannikeswaran, a musicologist and visionary.``
Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati
``In 1938, writer Raja Rao, in his revolutionary preface to Kanthapura wrote; “One has to convey in a language that is not one’s own the spirit that is one’s own...We cannot write like the English. We should not. We cannot write only as Indians. We have grown to look at the large world as part of us.” These words rings true in the context of Kanniks Kannikeswaran’s music. It would be hard to restrict it as Indian music, yet strictly speaking, his music springs forth from Saaman of Vedic times and reaches through the ragas of classical India to the recent Celtic lilts of Muthuswami Dikshitar. Through Shanti and his larger orchestral works, Kanniks stands out as a truly innovative and global, yet deeply Indian, music composer who has been able to bring together a deep understanding of both Western and Indian musical traditions in a manner that is absolutely unique and enriches the entire world of music.``
S. Ramadorai, Vice Chairman, Tata Consultancy Services
“What a magnificent Show! A truly uplifting night. From start to finish, in all its complexity and its simplic- ity, the presentation was masterful and the content luminous. What you and the cast did Saturday night had an enormous impact on me and I would guess every member of the audience. As I learned about Shanti: A Journey in Peace, I embraced its purpose immediately. The fact that this initiative started in Cincinnati and spread to other parts of the country is a testament to its quality.”
John Pepper, Former CEO, Procter & Gamble Company

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