an interactive choral Indian music
workshop series for children
is 'Beyond Seasons'?
Beyond Seasons is a wholesome musical
educational workshop series, conceived and directed by
Kanniks Kannikeswaran, . 'Beyond Seasons' is targeted
towards the children of the Indian diaspora. It is a set
of music workshops that are geared to stimulate young
minds and take them on a journey through the seasonal
changes of the year, in tune with the ancient raagas associated
with the same.
'Beyond Seasons' is a historic event
in the United States as it represents the first ever coming
together of an Indian community children's choir. It also
represents an innovation from composer Kanniks, where
he brings into the experiential domain - the idea of raagas
associated with seasons.
The group of children participating
in these workshops will be joined by the Cincinnati
Children's choir towards the end of the series and the
entire session will culminate in a grand concert 'The
Sound of Seasons' in collaboration with the Cincinnati
the music: Indian musical systems are ancient.
The melodic concept of raaga is unique to Indian culture
and it forms the basis of Indian classical music. The
rhythmic framework of Indian music is centered around
the idea of taalas. Raagas are expressive and are tied
to feelings, emotions and also associated with the different
times of the day as well as the changing seasons of the
year. Beyond Seasons is a gentle introduction to some
complex features of Indian music in easy steps that make
the whole educational process a fun filled experience.
What will children gain out of these
workshops? Children will become familiar with the idea
of raagas related to seasonal changes and will get comfortable
with the classical music vocabulary. They will gain an
appreciation of the intimate relationship between Indian
art and nature. They will gain the ability to sing a select
set of taranas with proficiency. The choral setting enhances
the learning ability and the awareness of raagas and their
historic significance provides a terrific boost to the
knowledge base of children, supporting them with the cultural
base that positions them as balanced citizens in today's
and tomorrow's globalized world.
This workshop series concluded in
May 2007 with a grand concert 'The Sound of Seasons'
performed in collaboration with the Cincinnati Chamber
Orchestra and the Cincinnati Children's Choir.
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