Help:Editing song

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Sections of a Song Page

  • Lyrics and meaning
    • The pallavi, the anupallavi and the caraNam have their own separate subsections.
    • The basic organisational unit is the stanza. For every stanza, the following are provided.
      • the Lyrics
      • the (literal) translation of the stanza.
      • the Detailed description (for want of a better term), which includes the de-sandhied form of the stanza with select word-meanings.
  • Commentary
    • Elaborate description of select phrases.
    • Literary highlights of alaGkAra, yati etc.
    • Any other details or highlights, that could not be provided in the "meaning" (translation) section.
  • Rendition links
    • External links to audio/video recordings of the song.
  • Raga, Tala, Composer and Language and format of composition.
    • Examples of format: Kriti, Varnam, Swarajati, Javali, etc.

Creating a new song

  • A new song can be created only by a registered user. Registration is a simple process.
  1. Decide what you will name the song as. Do not use Harvard-Kyoto notation for the song's name. Use a normal commonly-intelligible version. E.g., instead of "zObhillu saptasvara", use something like "sobhillu saptaswara" or "shobhillu saptaswara". See the naming conventions for details.
  2. Enter the name of the song in the Search input box (on the left-hand side).
  3. Press "Go." You will see a message: There is no page titled "sobhillu saptaswara". You can create this page.
  4. Click on the link "create this page".
  5. In the next message, select the option "As a new song".

You will now be presented an edit page with a pre-defined template. Follow the instruction given below to proceed.


  • You can choose to edit only a particular section by clicking the [Edit] link present next to the section heading.
  • It helps to preview your changes before saving them.
  • As an example to understand the instructions below, please refer to existing songs such as Niravadhi sukhada.

Editing Lyrics

  • The data for each stanza is enclosed within the <stanza> and </stanza> tags.
  • Enter the lyrics just after <stanza> opening tag.
  • Enter the text in Harvard-Kyoto notation. This will be interpreted by transLipi.

Editing Details

  • The detailed word-by-word meaning is entered after "-details-" line.
  • The objective of this subsection is to give a detailed meaning of the lyrics text. Following these steps may be helpful.
  1. Copy the original lyrics text (entered in the previous subsection) here.
  2. Split the sandhi of important words, whose meaning you wish to provide.
  3. Provide the meaning of a word thus:
     ((word "meaning")) 
    For example,
     amara ((tAraka "star")) ((nicaya "constellation")) 
  • The word-meaning syntax has the following limitations as of now. These should be corrected soon.
    • There should be at least one space or a special-character (like a hyphen) surrounding the double-braces. That is, [space]((word "meaning"))[space].
    • The word whose meaning is provided must be a single_word or a hyphenated-word.
  • You may choose to not split the sandhi of words — say, if they are of common usage and well-understood. For example, in the Anupallavi of "Evari Bodhana", the sandhi of nannElarA has been split (nannu ElarA). But the words zESAcalEndra and veGkaTEza have not been, since they are well-known.

Editing Meaning

  • The stanza meaning (translation) is entered after the "-meaning-" line.
  • The objective of this subsection is to provide a literal translation of that stanza.
    • Interpretation or elaboration can be done in the Commentary section.
  • The translation can be divided into separate lines to correspond with the lyrics text.

Editing Commentary

  • Bullet points can be created by entering an asterisk (*) at the beginning of the line.
  • If you wish to write text to be interpreted by transLipi, enclose it thus:
    The enclosed text should be in Harvard-Kyoto notation.
  • To create foot-notes for words in the lyrics or translation:
  1. Identify the words in the lyrics with superscripted numbers thus:
  2. To create a numbered list (to elaborate the identified words) in the commentary section, enter a "#" at the beginning of the elaboration line.
  • There are toolbar buttons for lipi and superscript notations in the edit page.