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alap

/əˈlɑːp/
noun
1.
Indian vocal music without words
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in the art musics of South Asia, improvised melody structures that reveal the musical characteristics of a raga. Variant forms of the word-alap in northern Indian music and alapana in Carnatic music (where the term ragam improvisation is also used)-are often found

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