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T. M. Krishna – Carnatic Vocal

Saturday March 30, 2024 at 6:30 pm

Auditorium: Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Road, Austin 78750

Tickets can be purchased using the link below. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early. Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis within each Zone.


Journey into Carnatic Music: A Dialogue with T.M. Krishna

In addition to the concert on Saturday March 30th, ICMCA will host a captivating discussion with the legendary Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna on Friday March 29th. Topics will cover the evolution and preservation of Carnatic music over five centuries, the coexistence of manodharma (improvised Carnatic music) and modern musical inquiry, and advice for students developing their musical talents. This event is a moderated 45-minute discussion with an open mic Q&A session at the end.

Exciting News! Renowned Carnatic vocalist and Magsaysay award winner T.M. Krishna has just been honored with the Sangita Kalanidhi award for 2024. Read more about this prestigious recognition here.


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:

    > H.N. Bhaskar – Violin

    > B. Sivaraman – Mridangam

As a vocalist in the Karnatik 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. He is a prolific writer: co-author of Voices Within: Carnatic Music – Passing on an Inheritance, A Southern Music – The Karnatik Story (2013), Reshaping Art (2018) and Sebastian and Sons (2018). 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.


H.N. Bhaskar is an internationally reputed young violinist, known for his emotive playing. Bhaskar was initially trained by parents Sri HK Narasimhamurthy and Smt HN Rajalakshmi. He then came under the tutelage of violin maestro Padma Bhushan Sri MS Gopalakrishnan. He is an ‘A’ graded violinist of All India Radio. He has collaborated with many musicians from other genre from all over the world and is widely known to be an innovative and highly versatile violinist. Bhaskar is also a talented composer and has directed numerous fusion, light music and classical albums. His playing has gained huge popularity in recent Tamil movies too. A recipient of several national awards including the prestigious Sangeeth Natak Academy Award by Indian Govt, and Best Violinist Award from The Music Academy Madras, Bhaskar travels constantly across the world for performances and other engagements.


B Sivaraman is the son of renowned musician Sethalapathi Sri Balasubramaniam. He is a disciple of legendary mridanga vidwans Kumbakonam Sri Rajappa Iyer and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri TK Murthy. An A graded artist of All India Radio, he is one of the leading mridangam vidwans in the field of carnatic music.