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Glossary :

  1. Pada
  2. Broadly means a song. In the earlier musicological literature, however, the term referred to the textual part of a musical compo sition as contrasted with the melodic and rhythmic aspects.

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  3. Panchapalli
  4. A type of rhythmic composition on tabla, etc., consisting of five successive sections each set in a different tempo.

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  5. Paran
  6. A major composition-type in the rhythm-music composed for pakhaivaj. It is of many kinds and an ability to extensively elaborate a paran is recognized as a criterion for judging a player

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  7. Pat
  8. Variation in the tempo of notes, rhythms, etc., in arithmetical units such as double, treble, and so on of the original tempo.

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  9. Patakshara
  10. Onomatopoetic sound-syllables employed to identify 'notional' alphabets of various instruments. For example, in tabla, tirkid, dha, ta, na; in pakhawaj, dhingad, gadigan, dhin dhin; or in sitar, da da, dir, dir, etc., are so identified. These and such other 'letters' are obviously expected to give us some idea of the tonal colour produced by instruments under discussion

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  11. Peshkar
  12. An important genre of rhythm-music in tabla-solo. It is usually played in the initial stages of the concert and consists of select, major sound-syllables composed to provide a basic pattern afford ing scope for the elaboration of rhythmic ideas.

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  13. Prabandha
  14. Musical composition or genre. It is a generic term indicating methodical arrangement of musical components such as melody, rhythm, words, poetry, metre, etc. The contemporary term bandish is a useful equivalent.

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