noun \ˈrä-gə\

Definition of RAGA

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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In the classical music of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, a melodic framework for improvisation and composition. A raga is based on a scale with a given set of notes, a typical order in which they appear in melodies, and characteristic musical motifs. There are several hundred ragas in present use, and thousands are possible in theory. The concept of raga, introduced sometime before the 9th century, became influential throughout South Asia, and it remains central to the region's classical music. See also South Asian arts.


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