Here is the solution to Carnatic Cryptic Crossword Puzzle #4:

Solution to Carnatic Cryptic Crossword Puzzle #4

Explanation:
  • 1D – LATHANGI:  Answer is obtained by scrambling (variety) the words a halting  (i.e. lathangi is a variety/variation of the letters in the words “a halting”)
  • 2D – RASIKA: Answer is obtained by taking 2 A’s (AA) i.e. A doubled and the word risk  and scrambling (becomes a mess).
  • 3D – DHRUTAM: The answer is a tala sign that stands for 2 counts (count of two) in a tala cycle, and is obtained by combining and scrambling (Pound) the words drum and hat.
  • 4D – SAURASHTRAM: The answer is a raga that is meant to be auspicious and thus used to end a program (all ended well) and is obtained by combining SAU (which sounds like i.e.  Sow i.e a female pig or Ms. Piggie, rash and tram (railroad car). 
    • Note: The phrase I hear  is used in Cryptic crossword puzzles to indicate a word that has the same pronunciation but carries a different spelling. Note also that in many transliteration schemes, the raga should be written starting with saurAshTram only (as opposed to sowrAshTram, which is indeed a common spelling)
  • 5A – ANYA SVARAM: The answer indicates a svaram that does not belong to the mela to which the raga is assigned, i.e. a foreign/alien svaram/note (indicative of an alien presence). It is obtained by scrambling (Different as in a different ordering of the letters) the words Ramayanas and the letter V (Valmiki’s initial i.e. first letter of the word Valmiki)
  • 6D – SANGATHIS: The answer is right there in the clue. The words They sang at his court contains the word sangathis i.e. ornamental variations of a musical line.
  • 7A – GURU: The word means master, but it also is a tala sign.
  • 8D – MALLARI: The answer stands for a musical piece that is played to accompany the procession of the Lord in Hindu temples, and it is right there in the clue in a small arid island.
  • 9A – ARIYAKUDI: The answer refers to the legendary musician Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar and can be obtained by scrambling (strange) the word kriya  and placing it inside the word Audi.
  • 10A – RAGAS: The answer is indeed the heart and soul of Indian classical music and can be obtained by rearranging the letters  S (for south) and the Agra
  • 11A – PALGHAT: The answer stands for the place from which many carnatic greats (many great ones) come from and be obtained by combining the word PAL (friendly) and the word GHAT (mountain range)
  • 12A – DHANYASI: The answer is a raga (something musical) that can be obtained by rearranging (organization) the letters in a shady.
  • 13D – DARBAR: The answer is obtained by scrambling (confusedly) the letters  A Bard and r (start of the word raga)
  • 14A – MALAHARI: The answer is obtained by placing the word Hari (Vishnu) at the end (i.e bottom) of the word MALA.
  • 15A – MUKHARI: The answer is obtained by combining the letters mukha  and ri. In Sanskrit, i.e. in the divine tongue the word mukha means face and ri is short for rishabha, which means bull (short bull)

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