‘The world of Tomorrow’ a
multimedia musical production created, directed and
produced by Kanniks Kannikeswaran was
presented at a reception hosted in honor of India’s 11th
President Dr. Abdul Kalam at the Fairmont Olympia –
Seattle WA on Saturday the 25th of April.
President Kalam, who is
often referred to as a People’s President, brings with
him a multitude of experiences and achievements. He has
been a distinguished scientist, advisor to the cabinet,
and a leader of people. Dr. Kalam has a reputation of
being a great thinker and a prolific writer.
Performing along with the
composer were his daughter Vidita Kanniks and a
choir of young children of Indian origin from the
Seattle area who had participated in a choral workshop
conducted by Kannikeswaran.
The production explored
the spirit of inclusiveness inherent in Indian culture
using the paradigm of Indian music. The 20 minute
performance held the distinguished audience spellbound
and resulted in a spontaneous standing ovation and a
personal congratulation from the President.
Kannikeswaran presented Dr
Kalam with a copy of ‘Vismaya – An Indo Celtic Musical
Journey’, his recording featuring the little known genre
of ‘nottusvara sahityas’ that was born as a
result of the interaction between Indian classical and
western folk traditions during the colonial rule in the
1800s. Vidita is featured as the lead singer in this
compilation which was released earlier last year.
Dr. Kalam was introduced
to the audience by William H. Gates Sr. the
chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The
reception (banquet) for Dr. Kalam who was visiting the
Seattle area was hosted by the local Chapter of The
Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE). Dr. Kalam’s lecture titled
‘Vision 2020: Transforming India into an economically
developed nation ‘ was addressed to TIE members, invited
guests and industry leaders. TIE-Seattle is part of a
global network backed by leading entrepreneurs of Indian
nationality or descent. TIE fosters and supports
entrepreneurship through networking and mentoring.