T. M. Krishna

By November 17, 2019 February 2nd, 2022 Uncategorized

Saturday October 8, 2022 at 8:00 pm

Auditorium to be announced

ICMCA is thrilled to host the musical genius and acclaimed Carnatic vocalist Shri. T. M. Krishna in a live in-person concert. Mr. Krishna will be accompanied by:

    > Smt. Akkarai Subhalakshmi – violin

    > Praveen Sparsh – Mridangam



Friday October 7, 2022 – “Meet TMK”

ICMCA will host a special meet and greet with Mr. Krishna to hear his views on music, philosophy and understanding our social commitments to the environment and to each other.  He will be presenting his new book Sebastian and Sons that traces the history of the mridangam-maker and the mridangam over the past 100 years.

The event is free to the public but seating is limited to 150. ICMCA will open a link to register for the event shortly.



As a vocalist in the Carnatic tradition, Thodur Madabusi Krishna’s musicality eludes standard analyses. Uncommon in his rendition of music and original in his interpretation of it, Krishna is at once strong and subtle, manifestly traditional and stunningly innovative.
As a public intellectual, Krishna speaks and writes about issues affecting the human condition and about matters cultural. Krishna has started and is involved in many organizations whose work is spread across the whole spectrum of music and culture. He has co-authored Voices Within: Carnatic Music – Passing on an Inheritance, a book dedicated to the greats of Carnatic music. 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 Carnatic Music.  His book Reshaping Art published by Aleph Book Company in 2018, asks important questions about how art is made, performed and disseminated and addresses crucial issues of caste, class and gender within society while exploring the contours of democracy, culture and learning.
He has been part of inspiring collaborations, such as the Chennai Poromboke Paadal with environmentalist Nityanand Jayaraman, performances with the Jogappas (transgender musicians) and co-conceptualizing and performing Karnatic Kattaikuttu, an unusual aesthetic conversation between art forms and communities that belong to two ends of the social spectrum.
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’. In 2017 he received the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration Award for his services in promoting and preserving national integration in the country.


Photo Credit: Top right picture taken by Hariharan Sankaran. Published online 3/8/2014 https://www.livemint.com/Leisure/lNgpLNIfJdrcRDxaugUQzH/TM-Krishna-Carnatic-musics-stunt-man.html