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Lalgudi Jayaraman, over the course of his musical career, developed a unique style of violin-playing within the Carnatic tradition of Indian classical music, which has come to be referred to as the Lalgudi bani. This talk will explore salient features of the Lalgudi bani with respect to the two pillars of Carnatic music – kalpita sangita (rendition of compositions) and manodharma sangita (improvisation). Specifically, the variety of embellishments made to compositions, the philosophy of how one is to approach different types of manodharma sangita, rhythmic features of kalpanaswaram, and the overarching motif of vocalization will be discussed and demonstrated by means of audio recordings of Jayaraman and his disciples.