The Association Of British Scholars Chennai
cordially invites you
(Western Airs of Muthuswamy Dikshitar)
presented by Kanniks Kannikeswaran
July 1, 2009
Managing Director, The Hindu
Director British Council, South India
offers special remarks
P.M.Belliappa IAS (Retd)
Venue : British Council, 737 Anna Salai, Chennai – 2
Refreshments : 6 pm
Programme : 6.30 pm
Colonial rule has had an irreversible impact on several world cultures, India being no exception. 'Colonial Interlude' is a gripping multimedia presentation that explores the 'nottusvara sahityas', a genre of music that was born when the venerated composer Muthuswami Dikshitar (1775-1835) wrote Sanskrit lyrics to folk tunes played by the bands of the EastIndia Company. Approximately one in ten compositions of Dikshitar is based on a western tune. Dikshitar's stay in Manali and his visits to Fort St. George underscores the role Madras in his introduction to Western music.
Kanniks Kannikeswaran, a graduate of IIT Madras is a musician, composer, educator with several recordings, productions and scores to his credit. As the Founding Director of the American School of Indian Art, he seeks to unite East and West by establishing commonality between diverse peoples and cultures. This evening's presentation brings to life the genre of Indo-Western music that was born during the colonial period in South India at the hands of Muthuswamy Dikshitar.