TM Krishna is a preeminent vocalist in the Karnatik tradition of Indian classical music. As a public intellectual, he speaks and writes about issues affecting the human condition and about matters cultural. He is the Founder Trustee of Sumanasa Foundation which was established in 2005 with the objective of engaging with the arts and the community. In 2016, he 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’. His path-breaking book A Southern Music: The Karnatik Story (2013) was a first-of-its-kind philosophical, aesthetic and socio-political exploration of Karnatik music.