[ rah-guh ]

  1. 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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/ (ˈrɑːɡə) /

noun(in Indian music)
  1. 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

  2. a composition based on one of these patterns

Origin of raga

C18: from Sanskrit rāga tone, colour

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