Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna is a revolutionary force in Indian classical music and art. Born to musical parents, Krishna grew up in Brahmin society, surrounded by the traditional arts and educated by gurus of Carnatic musical form and style. Now one of India’s most revered musicians and one of the world’s most recognized representatives of Indian culture, however, Krishna is releasing Carnatic music from its upper-caste confines, revitalizing it and making it relevant for today.
Krishna is actively expanding Carnatic music both socially and aesthetically, putting traditional compositions on stage next to new works by poets outside of the Carnatic sphere, such as the Tamil poet Perumal Murugan. The new compositions Krishna performs are relevant to today, like his viral song "Chennai Poromboke Paadal" about pollution and the environment, and, sung in colloquial dialects, they speak to Indians across all castes.
TM Krishna performs with violinist RK Shriramkumar and mridangam player K Arun Prakash on the Logan Center stage on Sunday, October 14 at 3 pm. Before the concert, Krishna will join Professor of Music Anna Shultz on stage in conversation about his life and music, and on Monday, October 15, he presents a lecture titled “Art, Politics, and Society: the role and responsibility of artists to right-wing nationalism and social/religious conflict” at 7 pm in International House.
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