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Tillana (Sanskrit: तिल्लान, Meaning: engrossed) is a rhythmic piece in Carnatic music that is generally performed at the end of a concert and widely used in dance performances.[1][2][3] A Tillana uses tala-like phrases in the pallavi and anupallavi, and lyrics in the charanam. Tillana originated from the ancient 'Kaivara prabandha'. The kaivAra prabandha is a variety of the prabhandha that existed in the medieval period. In this, the jatIs (or solkattu) figured in the matu or the concluding session. The prabandha begins and ends with the patha. This aspect of the prabandhas led the composers of the later period to evolve a new form called the tillana. Tillana thus came to be composed by classical composers who lived in the 18th century. The kaivara prabandha is thus the forerunner of the present day tillana .[4]


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