A Tillana or thillana is a rhythmic piece in Carnatic music that is generally performed at the end of a concert and widely used in classical indian dance performances. A Tillana uses tala-like phrases in the pallavi and anupallavi, and lyrics in the charanam. Some have theorized that it is based on the Hindustani tarana.
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- according to Balasaraswati, from a discussion with Amir Khan from the AIR archives, commercially unpublished. While listening to a Tillana in Madras, Khansahib asked Balasaraswati how the Tillana developed, to which she replied that it came from the North.
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