Carnatic Music Current Affairs

TM Krishna wins 2015-16 Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration

Carnatic vocalist T M Krishna won 30th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for 2015 -16 for his services in promoting and preserving national integration in the country.

He will be presented with the honour by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on October 31, 2017 Indira Gandhi’s death anniversary.

TM Krishna

He is one of prominent vocalists in rigorous Carnatic tradition of Indian classical music and also activist who has worked on creating egalitarian spaces for music and breaking down caste-barriers in form. He was also part of movement to help Tamil-dominated and war-ravaged northern province of Sri Lanka rebuild its classical music traditions. He has written and talked on wide range of socio-political issues, including women’s rights, children’s needs, issues that make a society civil or un-civil, and dangers of mentality of war and narrow nationalism. In 2016, he won Ramon Magsaysay award for bringing “social inclusiveness in culture.

Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration

The award was instituted in 1985 by Congress on its centenary year celebrations. It is conferred every year on October 31 for promoting national integration, understanding and fellowship among different communities and cultures of India. The award consists of a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh.

Some of the recipients are.S. Subbulakshmi, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi (posthumously) and former presidents A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Shankar Dayal Sharma (posthumously), musician A.R. Rahman, Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, poet Gulzar, scientist M.S. Swaminathan, filmmaker Shyam Benegal and lyricist Javed Akhtar.


Commemorative Coins on Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi released

Commemorative coins of Rs 100 and Rs 10 denomination were released on the occasion of 101st Birth Centenary of noted Carnatic musician Dr. MS Subbulakshmi by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu.

Earlier, Finance Ministry had issued notification about introduction of Rs 100 coin to honour Subbulakshmi’s music legacy.

Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi

Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi was Carnatic singer. She was born 16 September 1916 in Madurai, Madras Presidency. She died on 11 December 2004 (aged 88). She was leading exponent of classical and semi-classical songs in the carnatic tradition of South India.

She had many firsts to her credit, from being first musician to be awarded Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour in 1998, first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award, often considered Asia’s Nobel Prize in 1974 and first Indian musician to perform at UN General Assembly. In 2016, to mark her birth centenary, UN Postal Administration had issued stamp to honour her.