Definition of ghatam in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡɑːtʌm/

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A circular pot beaten with the hands as a percussion instrument in south Indian music.
Example sentences
  • Being a percussion instrument, the ghatam involves the use of the hands, palms and fingers and even the nails, in order to produce various types and levels of sound, in a harmonious manner.
  • Many young South Indians are adept at Carnatic music and can accompany even professional musicians on the mridangam, the ghatam or the violin.
  • The program will feature solo, duo and trio pieces incorporating the bamboo flute, sitar and a variety of percussion instruments including the tabla, ghatam and kanjeera (tambourine).


From Sanskrit via Tamil or Telugu.

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