Definition of alap in English:
(In Indian music) the improvised section of a raga, forming a prologue to the formal expression.
- 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.
Definition of alap in:
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