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 collective term given to the various shakes, graces, ornaments and
embellishments used in Indian music.
: a graced note, the opposite of suddha swara or plainly uttered note.
: a march tune.
: compositions which are the contribution of composers as opposed to folk
songs or songs of unknown authorship.
: is the style of singing various movements in a composition. The Gitam
is sung right through without repeating any line. In the kriti each sangati
is sung twice. The anupallavi is sung after the pallavi and the charanam
follows the anupallavi.
: the science of music.
GITAA : the music that developed spontaneously (Gandharva- heavenly
singers mentioned frequently in the Indian puranas and mythologies).
: a raga whose melodic individuality is easily revealed through tana style
of exposition. Nata, Gaula, Arabhi, Varali and Sri are examples.
:a musical composition learnt by students after a course in the preliminary
swara exercises and alankaaras.