Eminent Citizens Condemn Attack on Classical Musical Expression in South India

Eminent Citizens Condemn Attack on Classical Musical Expression in South India

Condemning the recent cancellation of certain classical music programmes and 'intimidation' of artists in South India, close to 160 eminent citizens, including a good number of artists, theatre persons, film directors, judges, academics among others have issued a statement decrying the complete failure of  all authorities and institutions to protect freedom of expression. "In a…

“There is nothing accidental about these threats, it is a pattern”: T.M.Krishna

“There is nothing accidental about these threats, it is a pattern”: T.M.Krishna

“There is nothing accidental about it, these threats, and horrendous efforts to intimidate artists. Yes Bollywood has completely deserted us, it will never speak up,” said Carnatic music expondent T.M.Krishna in an interview to The Citizen. This was shortly after he along with other Carnatic musicians had received threats for singing Christian hymns and while…

Am I free? A Musician Questions

Am I free? A Musician Questions

  In its fifth year, the Prof. Ram Bapat Memorial Lecture Series saw the iconic and the iconoclastic Carnatic musician, T M Krishna deliver a lecture on the topic, "Am I Free? A Musician Questions". The lecture delivered in July 2017, was chaired by the eminent cultural critic, Sadanand Menon. The Lecture Series inaugurated by Sadanand…

The Jogappas with T.M. Krishna

The Jogappas with T.M. Krishna

Any art form is not closed, but has spaces for experimentation and TM Krishna calls this experimentation as sharing. Here is one of those sharings between the Carnatic classical music and the music of Jogappas, a transgender community of Karnataka and Maharashtra.  Part One   Part Two   Also read:  T.M. Krishna and the Jogappas: Coming…

Cultural Resistance through Carnatic Music

Cultural Resistance through Carnatic Music

Performance is clearly a potent medium for spreading and making accessible what otherwise might be problematic and unpopular1. This is exactly what T.M. Krishna attempted to do with his video performance on the issue of the common property (Poramboke land). This song is addressing the common lands being taken over by the state and being…