At a glance :
Region : Karnataka.
Prime instrument of music : Violin and Mridangam.
Major Characters : oldest tradition in music.
Music is one of the identifiable faces of Karnataka . The music of Karnataka is called as Carnatic Sangeetam. The music of Karnataka is the world's richest and oldest musical traditions; it is Southern India's classical music. From classical music people get the image of southern region of India. Tamil Nadu state's Chennai is a prime academic center and also the residing house of plenty of developing performing arts. There are numbers of artists, which come from the near by states like Kerala, Andhra and Karnataka. Southern India's Carnatic music is actually a classical music. Karnataka music's base is monophonic song accompanying progressed varieties. The basic scales are around seventy two over the octave, wealthy variations in the melodic music. The rhythmic and melodic structures are convincing & different. For the numbers of listeners, south's music has a thinker and reserved character, if you will compare it with the Hindustani secular traditions. The leading centers of the current day Carnatic music are Mysore, Tamil Nadu Madras and Kerala.
The Carnatic music has been developed from Hindu's historical traditions and it was specifically unaffected from the Iranian & Arabic dominance, from the twelfth century till the thirteenth centuries. The influence of Islamic music happened in the northern region of India, the music of northern India became Hindustani music. The northern music and southern music is entirely different, the southern music is completely devoted to the voice. Karnataka music is practiced in both style instrumental and vocal, they force the raga, melody and rhythm. The main means of the musical expression is vocal rendition. Most of the compositors believe in practicing with the musical instruments, because of that their vocal works. The performances of modern concert normally contains a prime artist, mridangam (percussion accompanist), violin (melodic accompanist). For more beautiful music, they also use many more supporting musical instruments such as Harmonium & Tambura, which are generally played for beats and tone in the performance. Some of the instruments are only used in Karnataka music and not in Indian northern music; there aren`t any special musical instruments for both types of music patterns. Even if you would play the instrument alone, the instrument plays in the simulation of singing; normally in the vocal range and with decoration, it is a feature of vocal music.
The compositions of Karnataka music is always created on the Raga. Every Carnatic composition is combined with the particular beats and notes, but there are numbers of performers who experiment the different music patterns and composed music. The space of progression is available in the melodious composition and also the use of various notes to enhance the sweetness of Raga. The Carnatic ragas are very comprehensive and there are a number of ragas, which are known as mesmerizing magical music with accuracy and emotions. The primary principles of the tala and raga are common in both the north and south music, but every musical tradition contains its own range of accurate talas and ragas, these are also different between the styles. The Carnatic music has reached out of India's border and has become very famous in the outside world just because of it's elegance and grace.