Carnatic musicians call for probe into #MeToo charges

The move comes days after singer Chinmayi Sripaada tweeted names of personalities from the cultural arts section of the society as alleged offenders.

Over 200 members of the Carnatic music community have condemned the "deafening silence" surrounding accounts of sexual harassment and abuse and called for following "due process" through civil society investigations into the claims.

The statement, which was shared by musician TM Krishna on Twitter, also highlighted that the responsibility of the community is the need of the hour, especially when several names from the Carnatic music scene have been called out in the wake of India's #MeToo movement.

The move comes days after singer Chinmayi Sripaada tweeted names of personalities from the cultural arts section of the society as alleged offenders.

"Over the past few days, we have all read many disturbing accounts of sexual harassment, abuse and assault, including from within the Carnatic music community. Many such instances in the past have been brushed under the carpet, subsequently creating a culture of silent complicity.

"There continues to be a deafening silence that needs to be broken. As artistes and students of music, we believe it is our responsibility to speak up and acknowledge that such unacceptable behaviour must be strongly condemned, in order to create a more equitable and safe environment for all people," the statement read.

The members said it was important to address this issue and bring to light those who have misused their position and power to exploit those at risk.

"We ask for due process through civil society investigations into these allegations to hold these individuals accountable, and wholeheartedly welcome those who want to come forward and share their stories.

"At this juncture, we also encourage and request sabhas and cultural organisations all over the world to recognise this issue and put forward proactive structural measures to address such claims and prevent future incidents. We believe that this will make the Carnatic community safer for all," the statement read.

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