Carnatic Singer🎙 TM Krishna and the national convenor of the Safai Karmachari Andolan Bezwada Wilson have been named in the list of awardees🏅 of the Ramon Magsaysay award. Vocalist TM Krishna has been awarded the prestigious honour🙌 for "social inclusiveness in culture" while Bezwada Wilson was honoured for "asserting the inalienable right to a life of human dignity"👌.
Mr.Krishna, who is a student of the late Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer👏, writes regularly for various publications in the country. The citation of the award read📜, "He saw that his was a caste-dominated art that fostered an unjust, hierarchic order by effectively excluding the lower classes from sharing in a vital part of India’s cultural legacy and declared he would no longer sing in ticketed events at a famous, annual music festival in Chennai to protest the lack of inclusiveness.✨"
Mr.Wilson's citation paid tribute🙏 to his fight for cleanliness in the country and applauded his moral outrage which combined with remarkable skills in mass organising, and working within India’s complex legal system😲 which led to the liberation of almost 300,000 scavengers in the country👏.
Real life heroes, both of them👍.