TM Krishna

TM Krishna is one of the pre-eminent vocalists in the rigorous Karnatik tradition of India’s classical music. As a public intellectual, Krishna speaks and writes about issues affecting the human condition and about matters cultural. He is the Founder Trustee of Sumanasa Foundation, established in 2005, with the objective of engaging with the arts and the community. In 2016, Krishna received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in recognition of ‘his forceful commitment as artist and advocate to art’s power to heal India’s deep social divisions’. His path-breaking book, A Southern Music – The Karnatik Story, published by Harper Collins in 2013 was a first-of-its-kind philosophical, aesthetic and socio-political exploration of Karnatik music.


Since the publication of A Southern Music – The Karnatik Story, Krishna has continued to write about art and its power in society through titles like Reshpaing Art and Sebastian & Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers. Krishna’s musical career began early, with his first performance being at the age of 12. With both his parents having interest in Karnatik music, it’s no surprise that Krishna started so early. Through the passion put into his books and vocals, it makes sense that he’s been so successful.


At SALA, Krishna can tell us more about his journey to becoming a popular vocalist, as well as how his transition into writing. We’ll also learn about his writing process, and how he aims to promote equality through activism.




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