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|A raga, literally "colour, hue" but also "beauty, melody"; also spelled raag, rag, ragam) is one of the melodic modes used in Indian classical music.
It is a series of five or more musical notes upon which a melody is made. However, it is important to remember that the way the notes are rendered in musical phrases and the mood they convey are even more important in defining a raga than the notes themselves. In the Indian musical tradition, rāgas are associated with different times of the day, or with seasons. Indian classical music is always set in a rāga. Non-classical music such as popular Indian film songs and ghazals sometimes use rāgas in their compositions.
Joep Bor of the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music defined Raga as "tonal framework for composition and improvisation." Nazir Jairazbhoy, chairman of UCLA's department of ethnomusicology, characterized ragas as separated by scale, line of ascent and descent, transilience, emphasized notes and register, and intonation and ornaments.
South Indian (Carnatic) musical performance. From left to right:
—Guruvayur Dorai, mridangam
—Ravi Balasubramanian, ghatam
—Ravikiran, navachitraveena, which is his own invention, basically a hollow-body electric chitraveena played with a teflon (rather than ebony) slide.
—Akkarai S. Subhalakshmi, violin
Photo taken at Interlake High School, Bellevue, Washington, during a performance in the Ragamala series (Greater Seattle).
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