The recent performance of Kanniks
Kannikeswaran's new work 'Sharad - A Celebration of Autumn'
at the Korzo Indian Dans Festival, Den Haag, Netherlands was
a very special one from the stand point of many 'firsts'.
It marks the birth of the world's first
Hindustani (Surinamese people of Indian origin) choir. It is
also the first Indian choir in the Netherlands. It is the
9th such choir founded by composer Kanniks Kannikeswaran. It
is also the first of its kind trans-Atlantic musical work
featuring a US based composer of Indian origin, singers and
dancers from the Surinamese Indian community in the
Netherlands and India based choreographer Revanta Sarabhai.
The germination of this idea started
with conversations between Korzo's art director Leo Spreskel
and Kanniks back in April 2013. Singers (ranging
from amateurs to professionals) from the Hindustani
community came together thanks to the initiative of Korzo
for the first set of
intense rehearsals with Kanniks Kannikeswaran in
Aug/Sep 2013. These rehearsals were followed by weekly skype
sessions where under the 'remote' guidance of the composer,
the choir grew to develop its. unique musical
personality and a collective 'choral sound'. The rehearsals
and the learning process came to a thrilling finale during
the 'sharad purnima' weekend in October 2013 when the
production premiered at the
Korzo Theater denHaag, Holland to a prolonged
standing ovation from an audience that was touched and moved
by the performance.
The original music score featured
ancient sanskrit text special to the season set to ragas of
the autumn season. The choir was accompanied by a unique
instrumental ensemble featuring a cello, harp, piano, flute,
tabla and miscellaneous percussion. Part of the music was
choreographed by Revanta Sarabhai. Guest artists included
kathak dancers Hari and Chetna from India and Vidita Kanniks
from the United States.
For more information please contact
Kanniks Kannikeswaran at 513 226 0676.