Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A traditional melodic type in Hindu music, consisting of a theme that expresses an aspect of religious feeling and sets forth a tonal system on which variations are improvised within a prescribed framework of typical progressions, melodic formulas, and rhythmic patterns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The melodic mode used in Indian classical music.
  • n. Passion, love, lust; in Buddhist mythology, a daughter of the demon Mara that personifies these qualities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Hindu music, a scale or similar recognized series of tones.

Etymologies

Sanskrit rāgaḥ, color, musical mode.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglicised form of Sanskrit राग (rāga) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He ended with a tillana in Hindustani raga Chandrakauns, which he composed.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • A raga, which is typically created for a specific time of day, releases positive vibrations that increase your inner harmony and appeal to the inner self.

    The Power of Vastu Living

  • It is enough to say for now that a raga is a melodic structure.

    DesiPundit

  • Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot, due on Thrill Jockey in June, is a bit more coherent than his two previous solo outings, but it keeps you on your toes nonetheless: at times Higgs plays Fahey-esque rambling guitar, others he weaves startlingly beautiful tunes out of bells, drones, and mouth harp, recalling the raga-trance jams of 60s mystic Angus MacLise.

    Chicago Reader

  • In music these nada vibrations are known as raga or musical notes.

    Drishtikone.com - All Perspectives

  • The "raga" is the melodic form, but it is not just a scale, Shankar says.

    NPR Topics: News

  • But, despite the differences in the clips, you may start getting the shape and feel of a "raga," in this case, Bhoop Nat.

    DesiPundit

  • Its "Root and Scale" feature allows the easiest implementation of ethnic scales and micro tuning ever seen in a VSTi, You choose the key you are going to play, choose a typical intonation (such as raga, African, bagpipe and more), and you are ready for a new exotic sonic adventure.

    Softpedia - Windows - All

  • Roy Chowdhury offered a rare finesse as he unfolded the alap-jod-jhaala in this raga which is not a choice commonly made by sarod artists.

    The Times of India

  • "The emphasis is on selecting a 'raga' appropriate to a child's psychological finger-print," she explains.

    The Hindu - Front Page

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