Definitions for "Khayal"
In Urdu, ‘Khayal’ means creative thought. Hence, less rigid than dhrupad-singing. It is the most popular classical type of Hindustani vocal music. Sometimes, instrumentalists play in Khayal styles. There is no time-measure.
lit. thought, the dominant form in Hindustani music of the day
the main style of classical vocal performance in north India. Khayal places emphasis on presentation of compositions, and in improvisation.