Alap

The alap (p; lang) is the opening section of a typical North Indian classical performance. It is a form of melodic improvisation that introduces and develops a raga. In dhrupad singing the alap is unmetered, improvised (within the raga) and unaccompanied (except for the tanpura drone), and started at a slow tempo. Instead of wholly free improvisat...
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ALAP

As Late As Possible
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