The winner of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, T.M. Krishna, as a vocalist in the Karnatik tradition,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. The award winning author of A Southern Music : The Karnatik Story, Reshaping Art, which questioned the issues of caste, class and gender in art and within the society, his latest book is Sebastian and Sons (2019).
He is the driving force behind the Urur-Olcott Kuppam Festival (Now Chennai Kalai Theru Vizha) and the Svanubhava initiative, and has been part of inspiring collaborations, such as the Chennai Poromboke Paadal with environmentalist Nityanand Jayaraman, performances with the Jogappas (transgender musicians) and bringing on to the concert stage the poetry of Perumal Murugan.