T.M. Krishna | Karnatic Modern: Manodharma
Curated by: First Edition Arts

What do we mean when we invoke creativity and improvisation and how do these concepts and associated aesthetic values in diverse musical cultures evolve over time?


Mumbai-based arts company First Edition Arts in association with the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture presents Karnatic Modern: Manodharma, a lecture-demonstration on creativity & improvisation in Karnatic music.


Manodharma, a lecture-demonstration and interactive talk by T.M. Krishna and his co-musicians Akkarai Subhalakshmi (violin) and Praveen Kumar (Mridangam) will take place on December 2, 2016 at the Black Box at G5A.


Mumbai’s arts community and arts audiences will have an opportunity to engage with the different facets of T.M. Krishna as a dynamic symbol of musical renewal in the world of Karnatic music and simultaneously as a courageous and self critical public intellectual.


This is in many ways an unprecedented encounter in recent history, an intellectual and cultural exchange between the two principal Indian classical systems of Hindustani and Karnatic art music. T.M. Krishna will also weave in his insightful reading of cultural history and the politics of art in his presentation.


For classical music patrons, this will be a rare opportunity to interact with T.M. Krishna and the Karnatic music tradition he represents.


This is a free entry program. Please RVSP info@g5a.org.


Program Flow

Registration: 6:30 pm onward

Program duration: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

8:30 pm – 8:45 pm: Break

8:45 pm – 9:45 pm Moderated discussion with cultural critic Sumana Ramanan

About the artist

T.M. Krishna

Thodur Madabusi Krishna’s three-initialled renown as ‘TMK’ comes from his widely acknowledged stature as a vocalist in the Karnatik tradition. He studied at the Krishnamurti Foundation’s The School in Chennai, and Jiddu Krishnmurti’s philosophy of ‘pathlessness’ has unmistakably influenced Krishna’s un-preconditioned journeys over the Karnatik continent. Krishna’s musical grounding was honed into mastery under the tutelage of Vidvans Seetharama Sarma, Chingleput Ranganathan and the legendary Semmangudi Srinivasier.


His most recent book, A Southern Music, published by Harper Collins in December 2013, is a first-of-its-kind work on the Carnatic tradition and was awarded the Tata Literature award for the best debut non-fiction book for the year 2014. He has received the Ramon Magsayay Award (2016) for his forceful commitment as artist and advocate to art’s power to heal India’s deep social divisions, breaking barriers of caste and class.


Tanjore Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar is the grandson of Mridangam exponent Tanjore Upendran. He started learning Mridangam at the age of 5 from Nellai Shri A Balaji. He has been under the tutelage of Mridangam maestro Guruvayur Shri Dorai sir for the past 15 years. He started performing concerts at the age of 8. He is an Electronics and Communication engineer by qualification.


Akkarai S Subhalakshmi

Subhalakshmi is an Indian classical (Karnatic) violinist and vocalist, is amongst the most distinguished musicians of today’s era. She is the disciple of her father, Akkarai Shri S Swamynathan, as well as Shri V Janakiraman, Shri O V Subramaniam, Padmabhushan Shri P S Narayanaswamy, and Chitravina Shri N Ravikiran. Subhalakshmi has performed in countless prestigious venues worldwide, including the Théâtre de la Ville Festival (Paris), the Queen Elizabeth Hall and BBC Radio (London), Umeå Jazz Festival (Sweden), and so on. She has been honored with numerous awards and titles like the Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Puraskar (awarded at age 13 by the President of India) and the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva



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  • We request you to bring warm clothes as it gets chilly inside the Black Box
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  • Age limit: 12 years and above