2017 Looking Back: By The Ear

The sounds surrounding us this year were varied — from TM Krishna singing for Right to Privacy, Adele holding on to her Grammy for 25 and telling Beyonce that she deserved it more for Lemonade, to Madonna speaking of women’s rights

Carnatic classical vocalist TM Krishna continued his discourse on inclusiveness in the arts. He collaborated with artistes practicing Kattaikkoothu — a folk theatre form of Tamil Nadu which is not co

Through the third edition of Urur Olcott Kuppam Vizha, he showcased classical arts in a fishing village, on train stations and in local buses. In the world of music, 2017 belonged to Krishna for being one of the strongest voices from the music community. He also came together with environmentalist Nityanand Jayaraman, author Perumal Murugan, rapper Sofia Ashraf and Dalit activist-singer Sheetal Sathe to deliver a song on right to privacy.

The sound of a gavel beating the strike board, a reminder of a courtroom and the symbolic finality of a judgement, sealed the piece, which was punctuated by whisper raps put in by Ashraf. She recited the judgment delivered by a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court, affirming Right to Privacy as a fundamental right. It also tried to make the very aloof legal process come closer to people by celebrating the purple prose of the judgment.

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