“Democracy demands that society’s wealth, physical and cultural be shared with openness, respect and love. This calls for empathy and not just tolerance; an embrace not putting up with one another.

Cultures are not bound by the lines that we draw on a map. It is in fact art that reveals to every human being inhabiting this complex yet beautiful planet that we have similar struggles and celebrations. But to truly sense this oneness we need to detach art traditions from socio-political constructions.”

2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee THODUR MADABUSI KRISHNA accepts Asia’s Premier Prize and Highest Honor, the Ramon Magsaysay Award.