DICTIONARY OF SOME SOUTH INDIAN MUSICAL TERMS
A collection of terms in South Indian Music ( with a few terms from North Indian Music ) with their meaning
or description has been provided.
: the characteristic style of singing or performing associated with a particular
school, singer or performer.
MELA : is a form of devotional dance and song performances in
the presence of temple deities during the temple festivals.
(Tamil) : the name given to performers of Kathakalakshepam or religious
discourses to the accompaniment of music.
: a devotional song (religious theme).
: a book containing bhajans.
RASA : the feeling of devotion. This is the tenth rasa.
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.
: is the emotion that is portrayed while rendering a raga, without which
a raga is a mere scale.
: is a musical phrase sung or played in quick tempo.