The alap of instrumentalists is virtually identical to the alap of the vocalists. It is a slow, rhythmless exposition of the rag. It is usually the beginning movement. There may be a slight difference in interpretation due to the limitations of many instruments.
Although alap does not have a wide popular appeal, it is still considered the mark of proper training. Where other forms of the performance allow some latitude in the interpretation of the rag, the alap requires strict adherence to the rules. This requires a firm knowledge, therefore the execution of alap is very difficult.
Ustad Shahid Parvez - Bhairavi Alap
Arnab Chakrabarty (Sarod) - Raga Todi - Alap
Bansuri Alap meditation
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