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Saturday, July 24, 2021

T.M. Krishna


Carnatic vocalist, author of ‘A Southern Music:The Karnatik Story’, public speaker and writer on human choices, dilemmas and concerns

Dear BJP members, why aren’t you asking the Centre difficult questions?
Tue, May 11, 2021

Are you more interested in safeguarding your leader’s image than saving lives?

Unless public spaces are freely available for demonstrations, we will remain a mute democracy
Fri, Oct 09, 2020

TM Krishna writes: Permission Raj looms over public spaces, right to protest. SC order on Shaheen Bagh fails to recognise this.

The guru-shishya structure is inherently prone to abuse. It needs to be demolished
Sat, Sep 19, 2020

T M Krishna writes: The guru-shishya relationship in Indian music is grounded not just in a power imbalance, but in a celebration of inequality, which makes it vulnerable to abuse, which is then romanticised.

The Rama I sing about comes to life in Tyagaraja’s kirtanas, which beseech you to seek the Rama within
Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Was there any dharma in flaunting the bhoomi puja, making a national spectacle of it, knowing full well that an entire section of the population, not just Muslims, was feeling excluded, deprived, in fact diminished?

Being left is about recognising and grappling with various kinds of marginalisation
Wed, May 20, 2020

Being left (and this comes in so many shades) includes recognising and grappling with issues of religion, caste, gender, political and economic marginalisation.

It is poetic irony that govt’s autocratic steps to quell dissent has produced the biggest awakening in recent history
Fri, Jan 10, 2020

At the core of the non-violent protests against the CAA, NRC and NPR is the message of peace and equality and an affirmation of solidarity with values enshrined in the Republic’s founding document.

The citizen as artist
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Independence needs no introduction, explanatory notes or constitutional description, for we have all experienced its fullness. In moments of abandon, when we express, receive and share it without any external or inner censorship whatsoever, we rejoice in its sanctity. Yes! I have said sanctity, because there is something utterly precious, untainted in its embrace. Our […]

Myth and reality
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

Art and culture are going through a right-wing phase, though Hindu art forms have never been targeted in India.

Chennai must look beyond the flood relief spectacle
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

There seems to be one unwritten agreement among business houses. They are all part of corporate associations such as CII or FICCI, which are basically ‘unions’ they use as lobbying platforms.

Moving on in Chennai
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

The city must look beyond the flood relief spectacle and reinvent the idea of citizenship.

The city of unheard melodies
Mon, Jan 12, 2015

The greatest tragedy of urbanisation is what it has done to the idea of the village.