BNW Banner BNW Banner
TM Krishna

TM Krishna

TM Krishna is a preeminent vocalist in the rigorous Karnatik tradition of India’s classical music. He has co-authored Voices Within Carnatic Music: Passing on an Inheritance, a book dedicated to the greats of Karnatik music. His path-breaking book, A Southern Music: The Karnatik Story, won the 2014 Tata Literature Award for Best First Book in the non-fiction category. His longform essay ‘MS Understood’ for the Caravan was featured in The Caravan Book of Profiles. He is also the author of Reshaping Art and Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers, which received the 2020 TATA Literature Live! Book of the Year Award in the non-fiction category. In 2016, he received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in recognition of ‘his forceful commitment as an 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. He also received the Professor V. Aravindakshan Memorial Award for connecting Karnatik music with the common man in 2017.


The Spirit of Enquiry: Notes of Dissent

TM Krishna in conversation with Gopalkrishna Gandhi

The JLF First Edition is delighted to host the virtual launch of TM Krishna's latest work, The Spirit of Enquiry: Notes of Dissent as an Art Form, published by Penguin Random House India.

Acclaimed Karnatik vocalist, thinker and author TM Krishna’s latest book, The Spirit of Enquiry: Notes of Dissent as an Art Form, is a collection of some of his most groundbreaking texts. Thematically divided into five key sections, the book forces us to rethink deeply ingrained paradigms and is a piercing look into the crucial issues of our times. Winner of the Magsaysay Award, Krishna is also the author of Sebastian & Sons and A Southern Music: The Karnatik Story, among others. Academic and author Gopalkrishna Gandhi is a Distinguished Professor of History and Politics at Ashoka University. His books include Restless As Mercury, My Dear Bapu and Abolishing the Death Penalty. In conversation with Gandhi, Krishna gives us a glimpse into his beliefs, convictions and inspirations.