Pallavi

In Carnatic music pallavi is the thematic line of a song. It is usually one cycle long and repeated twice in order to give the percussionist the idea of the chosen taalam. Sometimes it is repeated a few more times using different phrases of the Rāgam to which the song is set. The life of the song, the word pallavi consists of a wide range of item...
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pallavi

(from the article `South Asian arts`) ...which the singer uses meaningless words to produce more or less regular rhythms, but still without reference to time measure. This section, too, ...
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Pallavi

Pallavi is the first verse in a composition, especially varanams,Keerthanams or Kritis.
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