become a highly admired concert performer of Carnatic classical music,” said his citation. “An ancient vocal and instrumental musical system, Carnatic music started centuries ago in temples and courts but was subsequently ‘classicised’ to become the almost exclusive cultural preserve of the Brahmin caste — performed, organised, and enjoyed by the elite who have access to it,” the citation said.
This year’s Magsaysay award has brought a good news for India . TM Krishna and acclaimed carnatic musician and Bezwada Wilson, a social activist found their name among the list of winners,for their immense contribution and selfless service to the society.
Other winners include Conchita Carpio-Morales from Philippines, Dompet Dhuafa from Indonesia, Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Vientiane Rescue from Laos.This particular award is bestowed on leaders from Asia for their selfless service to the society.
Talking about 50 year old Wilson, he is the natioanal convenor of Saffai Karamchari Andolan and he was recognized by the panel for his contribution and efforts in eradicating manual scavenging from the country. This is how the award citation recognised this great man”asserting the inalieanable right to a life of human dignity”. SKA has liberated around 3000000 citation zones among the 6000000.
He hails from a dalit family in karnataka ,and took the first step to work for this noble cause when he saw poor dalit women cleaning human waste in public latrines of Kolar Gold Fields and his own family members were into this. despite his 32 years of hardwork and activism he believes that no thorough survey has been conducted to enumerate manual scavengers though state governments have been promising since years.
Under the category ‘Emergent Leadership,’ Mr. Krishna was chosen for the award for bringing “social inclusiveness in culture.”The award committee hailed him for “showing that music can indeed be a deeply transformative force in personal lives and society itself.”Krishna was born into a Brahmin family in Chennai and was trained right from the tender age of six in the refined Carnatic music.“Though he earned a degree in economics, Krishna chose to be an artist and quickly rose to