The music of India is based
on the idea of rAgas and hence all of Indian classical
music is nothing but rAga vidyA™, although in
modern day practice
there exist two main streams of Indian classical music
i.e. Hindustani sangIt and karnataka sangItam.
Kanniks is thoroughly grounded in
Indian classical music and has established a style for
himself that has grown out of the core of commonality
between the Hindustani and
Karnatic classical streams of India. Kanniks'
exposure to classical music began when he was a toddler
and his formal education in music began at the age of
nine and he gave his first concert at the age of thirteen.
His musical lineage can be traced to the venerated
composer Muthuswamy Dikshitar and his
classical music repertoire consists largely of a
significant body of compositions of the Muthuswamy
Dikshitar, ancient dhrupads and the Tevaram
and Prabandha hymns of the 1st millennium CE.
The website Templenet
that he has been authoring and publishing over the last
nine year period is a comprehensive work describing the
temples of India, the mythology that they symbolize, the
history that they represent and the art forms that they
Given this Indological knowledgebase,
his stress on theory , his knowledge of sanskrit and Tamil
as well as the solid grounding in Indian classical music,
the compositions of Kanniks are more than musical expressions;
they represent a wholesome experience. Although he is
known more for his compositional skills, his singing has
been noted for its richness of expression (bhava).
"You have a great voice,
impeccable tonal purity and your bhava is outstanding.
You should sing the music of Aadavallaanin Aindu sabhaigal
in its debut performance ..."
- Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna
at the rehearsal of the music of The Cosmic Dance Halls
"Your grasp over both the
Karnatic and the Hindustani music idiom is very commendable"
- Lakshmi Shankar's observations on Shanti
As a classical musician, he specializes
in singing in the vilambita (slow majestic)
gait with strong emphasis on tonal purity and lyrical
As an instrumentalist, Kanniks is
proficient on the violin.
Kanniks shares the knowledge of Indian
classical music with participants in music workshops regardless
of their level of proficiency in Indian classical music.
His music workshops are packed with information and are
a wholesome experience of music, Indian culture and more.
Having represented IIT Madras
in inter-collegiate competitions all over India, and having
played and orchestrated stage performances of Indian film
music , he is very conversant
with the vast repertoire of songs from Tamil and Hindi
films and he uses some of these as aids in introducing
ragas to music appreciation classes.