“We are actually protecting cultural mechanisms, power structures and synthetic experiences of culture, religion and art - all of which further embed the control mechanisms and power structures.”
Intelligent discussions have potential to create positive changes in the society. Blunt opinions by TM Krishna, Carnatic vocalist and writer on ‘Culture, Society and the State’ brought out issues of manipulation over culture and the state’s control over the same.
– TM Krishna
Speaking on culture’s hierarchical structure, TM Krishna says that a control group makes decisions on what is mainstream and what is not. One of the crucial questions addressed was, “What are we really protecting?” Krishna states, “We are actually protecting cultural mechanisms, power structures and synthetic experiences of culture, religion and art - all of which further embed the control mechanisms and power structures.”
Adding his views on the society’s and state’s methods of control, he remarks, “Society has many customs, and the state knows only one way of control; through censorship!” Inspiring several artistes present at the talk, TM Krishna advised them to be careful about patronage. He asks, “Am I willing to antagonise an audience that constantly applauds me? It is a difficult, yet ethical question.
” So, how does Krishna question the very system that has given him a platform, and still manage to keep his passion and career intact? “I don’t think I am kicking the very ladder that I climb. Any kind of construction allows questioning of it, and I do so because it is incredible. Yet, I won’t deny a person’s perception that I am after all kicking my own ladder.” The festival of thoughts and ideas attracted many with the lively conversations and live performances.