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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.[1][2][3] 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.[4]


  1. ^ "Pure aural feast". The Hindu. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  2. ^ Subrahmanyam, Velcheti (2 February 2012). "Master holds in hypnotic spell". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  3. ^ Kumar, Ranee (16 February 2012). "Resonant repertoire". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  4. ^ according to Balasaraswati, from a discussion with Amir Khan from the AIR archives, commercially unpublished.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.