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A pallavi is a refrain in carnatic music. It is the first part of any formal composition (Krithi) which has three segments – Pallavi, Anupallavi and Charanam (which can be one or more). Pallavi is usually also an abbreviation of Ragam Thanam Pallavi. It is considered as the opening verse of Varnam.[1]

Other uses[edit]

Pallavi in Sanskrit is used as an adjective or a verb with appropriate suffix to denote a small and tender red-coloured leaf of a plant or a tendril.[2]


  1. ^ "Varnam in Carnatic Music". Musikclass. Musikclass. Retrieved 21 June 2023.
  2. ^ Sanskrit Dictionary for Spoken Sanskrit. Spokensanskrit.de. Retrieved on 23 February 2017.