Carnatic, with a jazz twist

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Karuna Kshetra plays Carnatic compositions with a Western rhythm section

During his solos, German saxophonist Rainer Pusch sways as if to match the wildness of what he is playing: he curves, snake-like, and moves with a vehemence that almost, at one point, toppled a nearby note-stand.

A concert of Carnatic fusion-jazz recently served up exactly what the label promises. Karuna Kshetra, a project put together by Pusch and vocalist Manickam Yogeswaran in 2003, is founded on the premise of playing Carnatic compositions with a Western rhythm section.

 The Hindu

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