Definition of raga in English:

raga

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɑːgə
 
, ˈrɑːgɑː
 
/
(also rag)

noun

  • 1(In Indian classical music) each of the six basic musical modes which express different moods in certain characteristic progressions, with more emphasis placed on some notes than others.
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    • 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.
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    • 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 'colour, musical tone'.

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