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Noun. September 30, 2011, Word of the Day
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Definition

A jugalbandi is a beautiful word that comes from Urdu which means "entwined twins." It is a performance of Indian classical music when two soloists typically from different musical traditions (eg. one from Carnatic and one from Hindustani) play a duet and playfully compete.

The defining characteristic of the Jugalbandi is that no one musician dominates. They strive to create beautiful harmony.

The most famous instance of the Jugalbandi was between
Ravi Shankar and sarod player Ali Akbar Khan.

Usage

I have some foreign guests at Sundance Bangalore and want to take them to a Jugalbandi performance this evening.
Added 2011-07-03 by Christine

Root

Urdu

Region

All India

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Terms referencing this

Carnatic Music