"The audience are mere puppets who have been trained by the artists over the years on what to expect", said T. M. Krishna during a session on Music as a means for social inclusion at the SPACES Fest. In the session moderated by Josy Joseph, the renowned Carnatic musician spoke about the traditional notions surrounding Carnatic music and how he believes that tradition changes with time.
"The beauty of conventional art comes from people's beliefs," he said acknowledging the fact that audience expectation is a myth. He further added that he wanted to break the stigma that classical has more rigour than other art forms. There are art forms which are not classical are more diligent.
He concluded on the opinion that, although art has always been considered a form of entertainment and pleasure, it does not end with that. Art is something beyond that. Something that binds everything and everyone irrespective of their roles in the society.