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)