Definition of ghatam in English:

ghatam

noun

  • A circular pot beaten with the hands as a percussion instrument in south Indian music.

    • ‘But now almost every musician replicates the rhythm patterns of a mridangam or ghatam through his voice.’
    • ‘The American students are fascinated by the ghatam.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

From Sanskrit via Tamil or Telugu.

Pronunciation

ghatam

/ˈɡɑːtʌm/