1(In Indian music) a pattern of notes having characteristic intervals, rhythms, and embellishments, used as a basis for improvisation.
- Some singers astonished the judges with their amazing control over their voice as they got tested in the nuances of musical notes in various ragas.
- His resonant use of the bass string to render the notes of a raga in the lower octave has lent gravity and depth to his recitals.
- A 1948 review by a famous critic states categorically that a good voice is not essential for delineating ragas in the Carnatic mode.
1.1A piece using a particular raga.
- Their repertoire consists of anything you might have heard during the glory days of Afghan Radio: songs in Persian and Pashto, romantic gazals, sufi songs and ragas.
- I started learning to sing at age 3, singing parts of ragas and short songs for maybe ten minutes each morning.
- When the Forum honoured him, he pointed out that classical musicians were not being innovative and were parroting the same ragas and songs.
Late 18th century: from Sanskrit, literally 'color, musical tone'.
Words that rhyme with ragaAga, Braga, dagga, dargah, laager, lager, naga, Onondaga, saga
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