Definition of alap in English:

alap

Syllabification: a·lap
Pronunciation: /ˈälˌäp
 
/

noun

  • (In Indian music) the improvised section of a raga, forming a prologue to the formal expression.
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    • 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.

Origin

from Hindi alāp.

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