- one of the melodic formulas of Hindu music having the melodic shape, rhythm, and ornamentation prescribed by tradition.
Origin of raga
First recorded in 1780–90, raga is from the Sanskrit word rāga color, tone
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Examples from the Web for raga
It was about the year 1813 Raga commenced operations on a large scale.
Thence it is a day's journey to the river Raga, where p.69 there is the sepulchre of King Zedekiah.The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela
Benjamin of Tudela
Among the most desperate and successful pirates of the present day, Raga is most distinguished.
Among them was a chief, or rajah, named Raga, notorious for the boldness and success of his undertakings.James Braithwaite, the Supercargo
- any of several conventional patterns of melody and rhythm that form the basis for freely interpreted compositions. Each pattern is associated with different aspects of religious devotion
- a composition based on one of these patterns
C18: from Sanskrit rāga tone, colour
Word Origin and History for raga
1788, from Sanskrit raga-s "harmony, melody, mode in music," literally "color, mood," related to rajyati "it is dyed," from PIE *reg- (3) "to dye" (cf. Greek rhegos "blanket, rug").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper