Raga: A personal Introduction by Ravi Shankar

raga or raag (: rāga; also raaga or ragam ; literally “coloring, tingeing, dyeing” ) is a melodic framework for improvisation akin to a melodic mode in Indian classical music.  While the rāga is a remarkable and central feature of the classical music tradition, it has no direct translation to concepts in the classical European music tradition. Each rāga is an array of melodic structures with musical motifs, considered in the Indian tradition to have the ability to “colour the mind” and affect the emotions of the audience.

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