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raga

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noun ra·ga \ˈrä-gə\

Definition of raga

  1. 1 :  one of the ancient traditional melodic patterns or modes in Indian music

  2. 2 :  an improvisation based on a traditional raga — compare tala



Origin of raga

Sanskrit rāga, literally, color, tone; akin to Sanskrit rajyati it reddens, Greek rhezein to dye


First Known Use: 1788


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