T. M. Krishna
T.M.Krishna is one of the leading artists in the field of carnatic music (Indian classical music-south Indian style) today. Born on 22nd January 1976 to Mrs. and Mr. T.M.Rangachary T.M.Krishna belongs to a family of music connoisseurs. From a very early age he was exposed to classical art, especially carnatic classical music. His mother herself was a carnatic music graduate and his father a great lover of carnatic classical music. His grand parents on both sides of the family had immense interest in carnatic music. His grand uncle Mr. T.T.Krishnamachari was one of the founders of the Madras Music Academy, a premier institution in the field of Indian performing arts. He has had the good fortune of listening to a number of concerts by stalwarts from the age of 2. This has greatly influenced his outlook and approach to Carnatic music.
From a very young age, he showed immense talent in the art of classical vocal music. He used to pick up all the songs that his mother learnt during her music classes. Taking notice of this talent, his mother put him under the tutelage of Vidwan Sri Seetharama Sharma at the tender age of 6. He has been learning from him for the past 18 years. He has also undergone special Pallavi training under Sri Chengalpet Ranganthan. Now he is continuing to learn from Vidwan Sri Seetharama Sharma and Dr Semmengudi Srinivasier.
His resonant and mellifluous voice and strict adherence to classicism have enriched his musical outpourings. His music is marked with a very high level of aesthetics in conception and execution. He is known for his tremendous Manodharma (Imagination) and Sampradaya (Traditional) Sangeetha (music). His complete involvement and his ability to unfold ragas with ease has left many a listener lost in his music. His renditions of vilamba kalam (slow tempo) compositions are soaked with bhakthi (devotion) and bhava (emotion) are a treat to every listener.
T.M.Krishna is one of the leading artists in the field of carnatic music. He has been performing from the age of 12. His first concert was at the Spirit of youth series organized by the music academy Chennai. Since then there has been no looking back. He has traveled widely in India and abroad and won applause from connoisseurs and critics. He has received numerous awards and titles from many leading organizations.
Some of the awards
Best main performer- Youth Association for Classical Music- 1989, CMANA prize for Talented vocalist under the age of 25- Music Academy -1994 CMANA prize Talented vocalist under the age of 25 – Music Academy -1995 , Best junior vocalist –Krishna Gana Sabha-1995 , Musician of the year – Narada Gana Sabha-1995 , Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar award - Music Academy- 1996, Title ‘yuva Kala Bharathi’- Bharath Kalachar – 1997 , Srirangam Gopalrathnam award – Music Academy – 1998 , G.Ramakrishna Iyer award - Music Academy – 1999 , Best senior performing artist – Music Academy - 2001 , Youth Award for Excellence – Maharajapuram Vishvanatha Iyer Trust - 2001 , Kalki Krishnamurthy Award - 2001
South Africa-1996 , U.S.A. and Canada- 1998 , U.S.A. and Singapore- 1999 , Oman- 2000 , Singapore- 2001