[[కర్ణాటక సంగీతం]]లో పల్లవి పాటలో ఒక నేపథ్య వరుస.
In [[Carnatic music]] '''pallavi''' is the thematic line of a song. It is usually one cycle long and repeated twice in order to give the [[percussion]]ist the idea of the chosen [[taalam]]. Sometimes it is repeated a few more times using different phrases of the [[Rāga]]m to which the song is set.
The life of the song, the word ''pallavi'' consists of a wide range of items that are considered as a single item:
*'''pa''' is derived from ''padam'' which means [[word]] or [[phrase]];
*'''lla''' comes from ''layam'' which means [[poetry]] or [[rhythm]];
*'''vi''' is from ''vinyasam'' which means [[imagination]]
In [[Carnatic music]], ''pallavi'' also forms a part of a special type of rendition called ''[[Ragam Thanam Pallavi|Rāgam Thānam Pallavi]]''. ''Rāgam'' in this context is the initial ālāpana of chosen ''[[rāga]]m'' (elaboration and exploration of its scale). ''Thānam'' is elaboration of the rāgam using percussion syllables. ''Pallavi'', a single line of one ''[[tala (music)|tālam]]'' cycle duration, is chosen for further elaboration of the rāgam in different speeds, octaves, rāgam phrases, etc.
The Pallavi is mainly presented as the piece-de-resistance of the concert. In the Mysore-Bani style of concert presentation usually the Raga-Tana-Pallavi is presented in the same raaga as of the Varnam with which the concert is started