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You too T M Krishna?

T M Krishna (TMK) is among the famous vocalists in the world of Carnatic music. Highly individualistic and socially conscious, the maverick musician has been grabbing headlines in newspapers for his unorthodox, heretic comments.

His coffee table book Voices Within produced along with Bombay Jayashri and Mythili Chandrasekhar on the seven stalwarts of Carnatic music is a veritable treasure house. The first copy of this book was presented to the former President of India, Abdul Kalam.  Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen released his detailed work on the aesthetics, history, philosophy and sociology of the Carnatic music, A Southern Music – The Karnatik Story.

TMK has been profusely mouthing his unconventional views on the 100 year old well-established Katcheri pattern and on the prejudices of the musicians and musicologists. Like flautist Mahalingam he is also unpredictable: like abruptly concluding a concert within minutes of start saying that he felt reaching the climax. In another concert he rendered the Nattai Pancharatna Kriti as the concluding piece. In the katcheri tradition, such a piece is rendered at the beginning!

The Hindu dated 18 April reported Cash from TM Krishna’s bag missing at concert: “noted carnatic vocalist T M Krishna has filed a complaint with the police stating the honorarium of Rs 1 lakh he received from the Seshadripuram Rama Seva Mandali for his Rama Navami concert on Saturday night was stolen.”

The major malaise of the Indian economy relates to transactions running into several thousands made and accepted in cash.

Rule 41 of the Income Tax Act stipulates that every transaction above Rs 20,000 cannot be made in cash. Can sabhas and other institutions violate this law?

I surely expect a public-spirited artist like TMK to set an example by insisting on receiving payments made by cheque. This should be a good example for the hundreds of sabhas making such payments in cash with rich scope for such receipts not properly accounted.

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