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List of Khyal Bands and Artists : Vote for your favorites.

List of Khyal Bands and Artists   : Vote for your favorites.

Khyal (or Khayal, Urdu: خیال, Hindi: ख़्याल) is the modern genre of classical singing in North India. Its name comes from an Arabic word meaning "imagination". It is thought to have developed out of Dhrupad introducing frequent taans and alankaras in it. It appeared more recently than Dhrupad, is a more free and flexible form, and it provides greater scope for improvisation. Like all Indian classical music, khyal is modal, with a single melodic line and no harmonic parts. The modes are called raga, and each raga is a complicated framework of melodic rules.

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