Reshaping Art: T.M. Krishna in conversation with Sidharth Bhatia
Curated by: Asia Society India Centre & First Edition Arts & G5A

Asia Society of India, First Edition Arts and G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture present Reshaping Art, where celebrated Karnatic vocalist, T.M. Krishna will speak about his musings on the necessary and vital nature of the arts in society. In his new book, Reshaping Art, Krishna offers us a personal consideration and experiential examination of India's plethora of arts. To create greater accessibility, exposure, and equality within the arts, he proposes the separation between art and belief. Through his references, ranging from Tamil cinema and Jogappas to Bharatanatyam and Gana music, he questions the nature of creation, performance, and sharing of both traditional and peripheral expressive forms. Joined by Sidharth Bhatia, Journalist and Founder Editor of the Wire, the two will discuss how to make the arts more inclusive.

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About the artist

Thodur Madabusi Krishna is known for his uncommon renditions and original interpretations of music as a vocalist in the Karnatik tradition. As a public intellectual, Krishna speaks and writes about issues affecting the human condition and about matters cultural. He is the driving force behind the Urur Olcott Kuppam Festival and the Svanubhava initiative, and has been part of inspiring collaborations such as the Chennai Poromboke Paadal with environmentalist Nityanand Jayaraman. He is the recipient of the Professor V. Aravindakshan Memorial Award (2017), the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration (2017) and the Ramon Magsaysay Award (2016). 

Sidharth Bhatia is the Founding Editor of The Wire, one of India’s best known independent online publications. He was in the founding team of the English newspaper Daily News and Analysis (DNA) in Mumbai in 2005. He has written and edited several books on cinema and popular culture. He was awarded a Press Fellowship in Wolfson College, University of Cambridge in 1990 and then again in 2001 and writes on politics and society.

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