About the Recording


'Vismaya - An Indo Celtic Musical Journey' is a CD recording that explores the wonder of the nottusvara sahityas of Muthusvami Dikshitar.

The genre of music that is the nottusvara sahityas is neither completely Indian nor completely western and it is both at the same time. Part I released in March 2008 of the recording features 19 of the nottusvara sahityas. Part II released Oct 4, 2008 features the remaining 20.

Vismaya captures this wonder through a contemporary rendition of this music with Indian voices and largely Celtic orchestration.
Vismaya is a historic recording. It represents the first time that the entire genre of music has been recorded and published. Music written in the Indian notation is available for 38 of the 39 compositions. The 39th composition has been arranged by Kannikeswaran to the melodic contour of an ancient band tune in a similar genre.

A 20 page illustrated booklet providing lyrics, translation and background information is provided with each CD.

The recording ‘Vismaya - An Indo Celtic Musical Journey’ is absolutely marvelous. It should be owned and cherished by every musician. Works like this go a long way in building bridges between different cultures. Kannikeswaran deserves accolades for this inspiring work..
Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao
American Institute for Indian Studies

Shri Kanniks has done yeoman service to the music community by attempting to popularize these rare sahityas, providing the listener with a library of these compositions sung in the very style the composer would have wanted them to be rendered..
Dr. P. P. Narayanaswami (Canada)

Once again, Kanniks has introduced us to a new sound world. The sweet joyous and pure music sung by Vidita Kanniks is an auspicious beginning for a virtuosic twelve year old.
Dr. Catherine Roma
Wilmington College

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Vismaya I and II are now available for sale online at Amazon! Click on the following link to order a CD. Please also check out www.cdbaby.com

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