Carnatic music vocalist T.M. Krishna on receiving the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration, his latest music video ‘Privacy Matters’, his opposition to Aadhaar and the progressive Uniform Civil Code draft.
A leader who does not have the humility to apologise for genocide under his watch does not integrate.
Over 175 prominent citizens have signed a statement asking Vice President Hamid Ansari to intervene on the “illegitimate” use of money Bills by the government.
The petitioners have demanded action against the people threatening Sandhya Ravishankar, saying their actions violate the freedom of press.
The wall is a constrictor that crushes Palestinian space, mind and body. The wall is a prison. To feel blessed to visit Bethlehem is a spiritual crime.
Even well-meaning Israelis are guilty of ‘normalising’ the Israeli occupation of Palestine, says Marcy Newman. Not true, says Shulman, Israeli scholar and activist for Palestinian rights, and the organiser of Krishna’s recent concerts.
Israeli aficionados of Indian classical music have invited T.M. Krishna to perform in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Chennai’s Ennore Creek is still revivable and T.M. Krishna’s appeal through the ‘Poromboke’ song is doing its bit to create awareness.
Environmental activist Nityanand Jayaraman produced the ‘Chennai Poromboke Paadal’, featuring T.M. Krishna, as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the encroachment on Chennai’s Ennore Creek.
Artists, performers, musicians and passers-by have pitched in to restore a beloved cultural centre to its former glory in the aftermath of cyclone Vardah.
Never the prototype politician, Cho was an actor who thought and wrote on public affairs, built on his political relationships, and used his kalam and awaaz to create or even force change.
The singer and composer’s every creation and rendition challenged notions of tradition, convention and classicism that the Carnatic music world had nailed and fixed.
“Power has tall citadels, culture has a level stage. The tall citadels need to be brought down; the ignored artistic traditions brought on to the proscenium stage.”
Is the thought of a shared space so hard to imagine that the caste/class conscious privileged must ‘leave’ in order to make way?
The Carnatic musician’s acceptance of the award for “social inclusiveness” is not only in contradiction with his own politics but could also compromise its credibility.
In the Brahmanised world of Carnatic music, T.M. Krishna’s aesthetic challenges are the start of a transformation to a new, modern music that will dissolve the binary between high and low.
Human rights activist Bezwada Wilson and south Indian classical musician T.M. Krishna have been conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2016.