Definition of raga in English:

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raga

Pronunciation: /ˈräɡə/

noun

1(In Indian music) a pattern of notes having characteristic intervals, rhythms, and embellishments, used as a basis for improvisation.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Late 18th century: from Sanskrit, literally 'color, musical tone'.

Words that rhyme with raga

Aga, Braga, dagga, dargah, laager, lager, naga, Onondaga, saga

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Syllabification: ra·ga

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