Two Indians, first south Indian classical musician Thodur Madabusi (TM) Krishna and human rights activist Bezwada Wilson, are amongst four entities and two organizations cited for the impressive 2016 Magsaysay Award. Born in 1976, TM Krishna has been documented for ensuring social inclusiveness in culture. In India a young artist is presenting that music can certainly be a deeply transformative force in personal lives and society itself. 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. He query the politics of art; broaden his knowledge concerning the arts of the dalits “untouchables” and non-Brahmin communities; and announce he would no more sing in ticketed occasions at a famed, annual music festival in Chennai to protest the lack of completeness. It has further conveyed that, recognizing that dismantle artistic hierarchies can be a way of changing India’s divisive society, Krishna dedicated himself to democratizing the arts as a sovereign artist, writer, speaker, and activist.
Citation further conveyed that the board of trustees documented his forceful commitment as an artist and advocate of art’s power to heal India’s bottomless social divisions, breaking barriers of caste and class to let loose what music has to present not just for a few but for all. Born in Kolar Gold Fields Township in Karnataka, Bezwada Wilson has been privileged for declare the inalienable right to a life of human dignity. The citation also has further conveyed that, he boldly enthused his crusade to other states, operational with dalit activists, employ volunteers for what would take shape as a people’s movement of manual scavengers and their children, Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA). With Bezwada Wilson as national convenor, SKA was introduce in 1993 when he start the filing of a public interest litigation (PIL) case in India’s Supreme Court, naming all states, union territories, and the administration departments of Railways, Defense, Judiciary, and Education as violators of the 1993 Prohibition Act banning dry latrines and the employ of manual scavengers. The board recognised Wilson’s moral power and prodigious skill in foremost a grassroots movement to eradicate the degrading servitude of manual scavenging in India, regain the human dignity for Dalits, which is their natural inheritance.