Just Music: TM Krishna in conversation with Aishwary Kumar and Anna Schultz

Sponsored by Center for South Asia at Stanford University in collaboration with Stanford's Center for Human Rights and International Justice and the Institute of South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley


Friday, March 5, 2021
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
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Thodur Madabusi Krishna is a vocalist in the Carnatic form of classical music, a public intellectual who challenges traditional hegemonic paradigms, and a social activist who interrogates the intersection of caste, class, and gender within society while exploring the contours of democracy, culture, and learning. In 2016, Krishna received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in recognition of “his forceful commitment as artist and advocate to art’s power to heal India’s deep social divisions”. In 2017, he received the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for his services in promoting and preserving national integration in the country. TM Krishna has famously stated that “creating art is an act of activism”, and it is this very sentiment he will explore with our constituents at Stanford.

Moderated by: Aishwary Kumar and Anna Schultz

March 5, 2021 8:00pm-9:30pm PST

March 6, 2021 9:30am-11:00am IST


This event is part of the Arts and Justice series, in which all speakers’ interrogations are timely explorations of religious freedom and the freedom of speech. How does the State condone, facilitate, and encourage religion, class, and caste based carceral violence? What is the role of the Arts in visibilizing this violence? This series builds on the Stanford Arts Institute’s program on carceral justice and takes the conversation to South Asia.