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 popular term for a music concert.
: a bard who sings songs in special occassions invoking prosperity.
: a song of an erotic nature.
: A discourse on a sacred theme to the accompaniment of music.
SANGITA : compositions already composed.
: a type of gamaka.
SWARA : the note which is rendered with a shake.
BANI(Tamil) : singing and playing in the correct style of South
Indian music, without mixing alien styles.
CHINDU : a type of Tamil folk song.
: creative work.
: North Indian style of performance, similar to kathakalakshepam of South
: a simpler form of musical composition. Words are given more importance
than the musical content.
: said to have evolved from the keerthana where the musical value is higher
than the keerthana. It is more technical than keerthana.
: the lower-pitched note.
: the art of reciting jatis in a pleasant manner confining to a chosen
: regular (as opposed to vakra).
: phrases which confirm to the arohana-avarohana gati of the raga.