DICTIONARY OF SOME SOUTH INDIAN MUSICAL TERMS

BANI : the characteristic style of singing or performing associated with a particular school, singer or performer.


BHAGAVATA MELA : is a form of devotional dance and song performances in the presence of temple deities during the temple festivals.


BHAGAVATAR (Tamil) : the name given to performers of Kathakalakshepam or religious discourses to the accompaniment of music.


BHAJAN : a devotional song (religious theme).


BHAJANAVALI : a book containing bhajans.


BHAKTHI RASA : the feeling of devotion. This is the tenth rasa.


BHAARYA RAAGA : literally, this means a wife raga. In Hindustani music, ragas are classified into ragas, raginis and putras. Six male ragas were recognised and to each of them were assigned five bharya ragas.


BHAAVA : is the emotion that is portrayed while rendering a raga, without which a raga is a mere scale.


BRIGA/BIRKA : is a musical phrase sung or played in quick tempo.
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