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Karnataka were formed in 1996 by founder member Ian Jones. Ian had started a project to record songs (in his home studio) written and performed in earlier bands. The project was augmented by additional musicians, some of whom Ian had previouly worked with. At the end of the recording the decision was made to continue the project as a band. The name Karnataka was chosen following Ian’s trips to that region of India. The debut album Karnataka was positively reviewed by The Classic Rock Society who brought a much wider audience to the bands’ music.

Encouraged, the band had already started writing the material that would eventually appear on their second album, The Storm. The band’s second album was recorded between August-November 1999 in Ian’s studio with mixing taking place at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth. Further live performances brought the band to the attention of record company Voiceprint through whom they are now distributed.

The band’s third album Delicate Flame Of Desire was recorded with producer Steve Evans and mixed by Joe Gibb. The album brought the band’s music to a much wider audience with Radio 2 airplay and widespread media coverage.

Still touring extensively, the band released a double live album, Strange Behaviour in 2004 to accompany what was to be the band’s final tour after the existing line-up parted company.

Following a period of inactivity, Ian announced he was reforming Karnataka.


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  • munframed

    Awesome album. Love it so much...

    31 Mar 1:20am Reply
  • just_Kish

    Great new album! Hayley is a wonderful vocalist. And their music became so powerful.

    27 Mar 1:54pm Reply
  • kaatspek

    New album out in a few DAYS!!! Can't wait!

    4 Mar 5:04pm Reply
  • Blue_Fatty

    No new developments yet? *sadface*

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    I am just listening the new LP 'The Gathering light.". Sounds nice.

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • travelin_man

    new line up new karnataka. you listen to the serpent and the sea. very goods.

    24 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Slamic4

    Cool vocalist!

    10 Oct 2012 Reply
  • TrebuchetUK

    Karnataka DVD launch in Picadilly's Trocadero. Deets:

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • TrebuchetUK

    Karnataka DVD launch in Picadilly's Trocadero. Deets:

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ImmramaRecords Karnataka New Light DVD/Blu-Ray Promo 2012. Filmed in Hi Definition Video on the band's critically acclaimed New Light Tour 2012. Features 5.1 surround sound + stereo. DVD/Blu-Ray includes exclusive interviews with the band. Audio release also available on double CD. DVD/Blu-Ray/CD available to pre-order from the on-line shop! Enjoy! :-)

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ImmramaRecords

    New Karnataka Mobile Website launched! Just access the the band website through your smart phone/iPhone to be automatically redirected to the new mobile siite.

    6 May 2012 Reply
  • popctrlx

    good band, female progressive

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • LisaFury

    Hi Folks my website has been updated at last!!..Please stop by and check it out xx

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • sandowner1

    Hi Ian, I'm listening.....will try and catch up with you in Nottingham :) xxx

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ImmramaRecords

    The band have hit the number one spot in the Reverbnation Celtic charts! No.1 in the HOT CELTIC ARTISTS chart, No.1 in LONDON chart, No.6 in UK chart and No.25 in GLOBAL chart. :-)

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ImmramaRecords

    For more chat related content why not join the ever growing Karnataka Facebook communiy @ Join in the New Light Tour 2012 banter! See you there! :-)

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • HippyDave

    New 2012 UK tour details up on the band's site: See some of you on the road next year, then!

    5 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Blue_Fatty

    I love them so much ♥ I haven't heard a bad song from them :D

    22 Sep 2011 Reply
  • LisaFury

    Hi Folks, Ian Harris,Gonzalo Carrera and myself have decided to leave Karnataka It was an incredibly difficult decision even after how well the new album has been received but, it was still the right one for each of us. Thank you all so much for your fantastic support and I hope to see you again soon! Lisa xx Karnataka will continue on again with Ian Jones & Enrico Pinna. latest info can be found at

    27 May 2010 Reply
  • HippyDave

    Steph: Must be a transitional web issue... :-( It seems to be scrobbling fine here! Hopefully it'll sort itself out.

    16 Apr 2010 Reply
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