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Alapana

Renditions with alapanas in the ragas Kuntalavarali, Gaurimanohari, Kharaharapriya and Hamsanandi

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Alapana

Renditions with alapanas in the ragas Kuntalavarali, Gaurimanohari, Kharaharapriya and Hamsanandi

Alapana is the most abstract of improvisational forms in Carnatic music, with no words or underlying rhythm. It is totally free-form, and hence is able to reflect the gamakas and bring out the raga’s character in the best possible manner. Alapana is an occasional theme where all the songs have a full-fledged alapana preceding them. This edition includes a raga which has a popular composition in it but whose alapana is seldom rendered. It also includes two melakarta ragas which differ by a single swara.

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