Ragas & their Moods

A raga is defined as a series of musical notes that constitute a melody. The importance of a raga lies in the mood that it’s intended to create in the mind of the listener. Today I’d like to share with you the moods conveyed by popular ragas in Indian classical music. While many of the ragas are confined to solely Carnatic (C) or Hindustani (H) genres of Indian music, some are common to both styles. Join in with your thoughts on these ragas, the moods they evoke in you and others that are your favorites.

The links posted below each raga will give you an idea of the sounds of the melody. 

Hamsadhvani (C) – Hamsadhvani (H) – Bright Beginnings



Saama (C) – Serenity



Mohana (C) / Bhoop (H) – Joy (Uplifting)



Neelambari (C) – Soporific



Megh Malhar (H) – Rains (invoking)



Deepak (H) – Fire (invoking)



Shubhapantuvarali (C) / Gurjari Thodi (H) – Melancholy (Sombre)



Sahana (C) – Compassion



Bhimpalasi (H) – Yearning or Poignancy



Kedar (H) – Peace



Atana (C) – Bravery



Brindavana Saranga (C) / Brindavani Sarang (H) – Romance (Love)


Chitra Srikrishna
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Chitra Srikrishna is a Carnatic vocalist and writer living in Bengaluru. She's the musical half of a multimedia performance duo HumRaag. She also produces RaagTime, a radio show on Indian music. Her latest program BHAKTHI explores the journey of the mystics of India. She blogs at chitrasrikrishna.com.