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Of or relating to a tradition of South Indian classical music featuring improvised elaborations on prescribed melodic and rhythmic formulas.

[From Carnatic, obsolete variant of Karnataka.]
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(Placename) a region of S India, between the Eastern Ghats and the Coromandel Coast: originally the country of the Kanarese; historically important as a rich and powerful trading centre; now part of Tamil Nadu state
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Chance had strangely favoured Phileas Fogg, for had not the Carnatic been forced to lie over for repairing her boilers, she would have left on the 6th of November, and the passengers for Japan would have been obliged to await for a week the sailing of the next steamer.
The Carnatic was announced to leave Hong Kong at five the next morning.
The musical instruments played at the programmed were namely: Nadaswarum, a double reed wind instrument from South India; flute, Carnatic Violin, a violin that carried one of the most exotic and mysterious sounds; western violin, saxophone, trumpet, keyboard, Mridagum, a percussion instrument from India of ancient origin; Thavil, a barrel shaped percussion instrument from Tamilnadu; Rhythm, Bass Guitar, and Head Guitar.
Kanjira: Distinct to South India's Carnatic music, the kanjira is similar to the tambourine with its round shape and open base.
You explain in greater detail who a Brahmin is: "He has got certain distinct characteristics: clean habits, lofty thinking, sterling character, mostly a vegetarian, a lover of Carnatic music.
Dubai: It was sweet music to the ears of enthusiasts and participants alike when the sounds of the Neyveli Santhanagoplan-conducted Carnatic Epic Choir filled the air at Hartland School Auditorium in Dubai recently.
LIVERPOOL'S Carnatic student halls will close down after this summer, the university has confirmed.
A fusion of Western and Carnatic music forms, the only song on the album is based on a composition by Swati Tirunal, the renowned 19th Century King of Travancore in British India.
Led by the renowned Saraswati Rajagopalan, one of the leading Veena artists of Carnatic music in the world, the six-member Tarang Ensemble is dedicated to uncovering the numerous converging aspects of Indian Music and intermingling them with different streams of Western music, while retaining their individual elegance and tradition.
Carnatic composer , Supriya Nagarajan, founder of Yorkshire arts organisation Manasamitra, will take centre stage during the 10-day Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival for an exclusive performance this weekend.