Swatantrata, Sanskriti and Sangeet The Hindu University of America celebrated 75 years of India’s independence with the release of a music video titled ‘Raag Darshan’ composed by its faculty member, Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran. This magnum opus was released in a formal online ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ event on Sunday the 14th of August. Raag Darshan is a musical, lyrical, and visual tribute to the timeless Indian ideals and traditions, in a garland of 75 ragas, with lyrics in the Sanskrit language, with contemporary orchestration, sung by a number of popular voices. Conceived, written, composed, and arranged by Dr Kanniks Kannikeswaran, this music video is a monumental work that strives to present a sense of ‘Wonderment’ in a collaboration across time-zones and regions. The 18-minute-long composition is presented in 4 roughly equal parts titled – ‘The Civilization’, ‘Sacred Geography’, ‘Colors of India’ and ‘Yoga’. A string of 75 ragas with the names of ragas embedded in the Sanskrit supported with powerful visuals from all over India, and a series of captions, this music video is a once in a generation kind of production. The lyrical component of the composition is inspired by the Tamil works of Mahakavi Subramanya Bharati. The form of the Ragamalika is inspired by […] read more