VISMAYA - performed at reception held in honor of Dr. Abdul Kalam

Vismaya performance receives spontaneous standing ovation at Reception held in honor of India's 11th President His Excellency Dr. Abdul Kalam

'Vismaya - A Cultural wonder' created, directed and produced by Kanniks Kannikeswaran was performed to a moved audience at a reception held in honor of the historic visit of India's 11th president His Excellency Dr Abdul Kalam to Lexington KY on Monday the 24th of March at the Marriot Hotel Resort.

Earlier that evening Dr. Kalam had expressed this message to NRIs - 'To render India proud of you, do the best you can for the country that you are a citizen of'. The evening was marked by a lecture and a discussion initiated by the ever energetic President with prominent citizens of Kentucky and a large gathering of guests.

Vismaya - a multimedia mini-production featuring a children's choir (students of the American School of Indian Art) accompanied by visuals and a powerful narrative expressing message of inclusiveness that characterizes the ancient Indian spirit was presented at the conclusion of the evening.

This mini production explored the feeling of wonderment - through the paradigm of the nottusvara Sahityas of Muthusvami Dikshitar - an Indo Celtic musical genre that is both Indian and Celtic at the same time. This genre of music came into being in the early 1800s in India during the time of the rule of the British East India company.

The entire audience including the dignitaries and His Excellency Dr. Abdul Kalam stood up and applauded the cast as the brief performance came to a moving end.

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