T.M. Krishna Conferred Sangita Kalanidhi Award

T.M. Krishna Conferred Sangita Kalanidhi Award

  • T.M. Krishna, a renowned Carnatic classical vocalist, has been awarded the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi award by the Madras Music Academy.
  • The award recognizes Krishna’s powerful voice, adherence to tradition, exploratory approach to music, and his use of music as a tool for social reform.

     Early Life and Musical Journey:

  • T.M. Krishna began his musical journey at a young age.
  • At the age of 12, Krishna presented his debut concert at the Madras Music Academy.

    Challenging Conventions:

  • Krishna has been at the forefront of challenging the conventional ideas about caste and gender politics in Carnatic music.
  • He highlighted the institutional issues and non-inclusivity of the famed December Music Season, which stems from the Music Academy’s first annual conference on Carnatic music in 1929.
  • In 2015, Krishna opted out of singing at the Music Academy, citing concerns about the “commodification” and “socially stifling” nature of the December Music Season.

Promoting Inclusivity:

  • Krishna has been advocating for the inclusion of various art forms and breaking down the caste elitism in the existing Carnatic music system.
  • He started a music festival in the fishing village of Uroor-Olcott Kuppam to promote inclusivity and unite various art forms.
  • Krishna also organized a ‘Nadaswaram and Thavil Festival’ in collaboration with Narada Gana Sabha to promote the inclusion of nadaswaram and thavil players, who are predominantly non-Brahmins and often excluded from the kutcheri circuit.

Madras Music Academy’s Recognition:

  • The Madras Music Academy’s decision to confer the Sangita Kalanidhi award on T.M. Krishna is a significant recognition of his contributions to Carnatic music and his efforts to challenge the status quo.
  • According to the President of the Madras Music Academy, Krishna was chosen for his powerful voice, adherence to tradition, exploratory approach to music, and his use of music as a tool for social reform.

Other Awardees:

  • The Nritya Kalanidhi was awarded to Mohiniyattam exponent Neena Prasad, who runs music academies in Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram.
  • The two Sangeet Acharya awards were given to mridangam guru Professor Parasalla Ravi and Carnatic vocalist Geetha Raja, a student of the renowned T. Brinda of the Veenai Dhanammal school of Carnatic Music.

Significance of Sangita Kalanidhi Award:

  • The Sangita Kalanidhi award, instituted by the Madras Music Academy, is the most prestigious recognition in the field of Carnatic music.
  • It is awarded to musicians who have made significant contributions to the art form and have demonstrated excellence in their performances and teachings.
  • The award not only acknowledges the artistic achievements of the recipient but also serves as a platform to showcase their talent and inspire future generations of musicians.

Conclusion:

  • T.M. Krishna’s award is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Carnatic music and the importance of preserving and promoting this art form.

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