Raga meaning

rä'gə
Raga is defined as a large group of traditional melody patterns used by Hindu musicians.

An example of raga is what a Hindu musician may play as the starter melody before some musical improvisation.

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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.
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Any of a large number of traditional melody patterns with characteristic intervals, rhythms, and embellishments, used by Hindu musicians as source material for improvisation.
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Passion, love, lust; in Buddhist mythology, a daughter of the demon Mara that personifies these qualities.
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The melodic mode used in Indian classical music.
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Origin of raga

  • Sanskrit rāgaḥ color, musical mode
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Anglicised form of Sanskrit राग (rāga)
    From Wiktionary