Definition of alap in English:

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Pronunciation: /älˈäp/


(In Indian music) the improvised section of a raga, forming a prologue to the formal expression.
Example sentences
  • Like in other Indian classical forms, the alaap is the entry point to the raga.
  • During the alap (slow introductory movement) of ‘Shuddha Sarang,’ she displays a delightfully elaborate style, filled with entrancing slides and whining drones.
  • This gliding technique allows him to play alap, the slow improvised invocation of a raga.


From Hindi alāp.

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Syllabification: a·lap

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