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A traditional melodic type in Hindu music, consisting of a theme that expresses an aspect of religious feeling and sets forth a tonal system on which variations are improvised within a prescribed framework of typical progressions, melodic formulas, and rhythmic patterns.
[Sanskrit rāgaḥ, color, musical mode.]
(in Indian music) n
1. (Music, other) 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. (Music, other) a composition based on one of these patterns
[C18: from Sanskrit rāga tone, colour]
n., pl. -gas.
one of the melodic formulas of Hindu music having the melodic shape, rhythm, and ornamentation prescribed by tradition.
[1780–90; < Skt rāga color, tone]
n (Mus) → Raga m