Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran & Sri Sree Aswath

Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran is an internationally known musician, composer, music educator, and scholar with several recordings, large scale musical productions, and scores to his credit. Kanniks is known primarily for his pioneering work in Indian American choral and orchestral music based on ragas. Through his work, he has built diverse coalitions between amateur and professional musicians and ensembles, Academic Institutions, Dance companies, and more. He has collaborated with artists such as Lakshmi Shankar and the Gundecha Brothers and has presented papers at the Madras Music Academy. He has founded and directed Indian American community choirs in over 12 cities in the US. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras, the Ohio Heritage Fellowship, and other awards. He has taught Graduate Level Courses in Indian Music Theory and History and courses on Creativity at the University of Cincinnati.
Sri. Sree Aswath is a retired system analyst from the Franklin County Board of Development Disabilities, Columbus, Ohio. He has an academic background in physics, mathematics, Law, and computer sciences. He is a Vedic scholar and had training in Sanskrit from his grandfather, Sri MSS Sastry, Vidwan of Mysore Court. He also had received formal training in Vedas for 9 years from Acharya of Yajur Veda, Professor Anantakrishna of Bangalore Sanskrit College. He has been teaching Veda and Vedanta to several students since 1995 in the US. And he continues to teach Sanskrit language, Scriptures of India in several weekly evening sessions to different groups in Columbus, OH. He has conducted several workshops, seminars on Indian Scriptures in the US, Canada, Mexico, and in India. Many of his talks on Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Yogsutra, major Upanishads as well as Chanting of Vedic.

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