Indian Classical Ragas, Raagas
Indian classical music will be incomplete without the melodious and heart warming ragas.
Here is a list of some Classical Indian Ragas – each having their own specific features, elements and moods that define it.
1. Raag Bhupali
2. Raag Bihag
3. Raag BhimPalasi
4. Raag Desh
5. Raag Bhairavi
6. Raag Pilu
7. Raag Asavari
8. Raag Kafi
9. Raag Tilak Kamod
10. Raag Hamir
11. Raag Malkos
12. Raag Brindabani Sarang
13. Raag Multani
14. Raag Patdeep
15. Raag Sohni
16. Raag Jaunpuri
17. Raag Maalkoos
18. Raag Kedar
19. Raag Bhairav
20. Raag Purvi
21. Raag Hindol
22. Raag Bahaar
23. Raag Durga
24. Raag Tilang
25. Raag Deskar
26. Raag Shankara
27. Raag JaiJai Vanti
28. Raag Kamod
29. Raag Marva
What is a Raaga – Raga?
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Indian Classical Ragas, Raagas
Ragas occupy a very dominant position in Indian Classical Music
Definitions of a Raaga – Raga
- “Swaro Ki Wah Anupam Rachna Jise Sunkar Anand Ki Prapti Ho, Raag Kahlati Hai”
- “A Raag is a beautiful combination of musical notes that is pleasing to the ears when sung or played on a musical instrument”
Features of RagasBased on the rules of Indian Classical Music, to qualify as a Raga, the combination of notes must have the following features –
- Notes ( swaras) – There must be atleast 5 notes or a maximum of 7 notes (swaras) in a Raag.
- Aaroh & Avroh – Every Raga must have an “Aaroh” – ascending notes & an “Avroh” – descending movement of notes.
- Vadi & Samvadi – Every raag must have “Vadi” – most prominent & dominating notes and “Samvadi” notes – notes that complement the dominating notes.
- Melodious – A raag must be pleasant sounding and must be able to enchant the listener with its melody.
- Key Note – The key not can never be missing in a Raag – ie, “C” note or “Shadaj”.
In Indian Classical Music, many different ragas are recognised and played. Each ragas has its own mood and specific identity which defines it.
Also read – What is a Taal?
Here is a List of Classical Indian Ragas
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Role & Importance of Ragas in Indian Classical Music
Ragas are widely recognized and occupy a very prominent position in Indian Classical Music and its practice.
In classical music of India, ragas are played and sung widely. While some ragas are played and sung in their pure classical form, others may sing it in a semi classical format.
Either ways, ragas are melodious. Listening to raga inspired music is an enriching and wholesome experience. What’s Interesting to note is that each raga has its own mood and specific identity that defines it.
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