TM Krishna, who is performing in the city after four years, speaks about the concert and art of any form being an integral part of everyone’s lives.
In this interview, he says, “Rasikas of Chennai can expect a typical TM Krishna kutcheri and it comes with its own sense of sensibility. There is a surprise element to it, a wonderful one at that, but I’m not going to reveal what it is. People have to come there to experience it,” he says. As for the songs he’ll be rendering, they aren’t restricted to a particular theme, he shares. Says the singer, “I did think if I should pick a particular theme and perform but since it’s the only concert I’m singing in the city during the Margazhi season that too after four years, we decided to have an open concert.” He will be performing many of the ragas and compositions he loves, out of which some of them have gone viral on YouTube.
The concert is in benefit of Nalandaway Foundation whose objective is to put art in every classroom. They work with 135 schools and more than 50,000 students and some of its projects include art labs, Chennai and Delhi Children’s Choirs and more. “I’ve been associated with the foundation and local chapter of the choir for many years now, and we’ve had multiple discussions on their works and art labs. I think it’s a wonderful initiative that bridges education and the creative spirit and I appreciate how the foundation finds ways of cross-connecting children to enrich their experiential learning,” says Krishna. He adds, “I also think building on the fact that children need inter-disciplinary or porous ways of learning is important. Therefore, I’ve always been happy to be involved with the foundation.”
As far as the Chennai Children’s Choir is concerned, he’s had the opportunity to jam with these kids a couple of times and give them a few tips and pointers about performing. Krishna feels, “I think the choir is a very important experiment — hats off to the team behind, including Vedant and Manjula, for bringing children together from across the city to enabling them to perform. The consistency and efficiency with which they train these kids every weekend are amazing.”
When asked what the singer’s take is on using music as a therapy for people from different walks of life, his take is quite refreshing. “I don’t believe music by itself is curative but since it effects the response system in the body and plays such a crucial role in everyone’s life, it should be a necessity. There is an inner relationship that develops because of art and it goes a long way in terms of healing,” he explains.
However, the problem is that people look at music as a recreation or privilege. “It’s neither — it’s essential,” recommends Krishna. “The moment we start believing that such an art is an essential part of life, the way we function as a society, our processes, governance and community’s engagement with art will change. It is a fundamental necessity in life and shouldn’t be extra-curricular. There’s some part of art in every individual and they just need to let it grow,” he concludes.
The concert will happen at Sir Mutha Venkatasubbarao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetpet, on December 29 from 7 pm onwards.