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The basic meaning of the Sanskrit word rāga is “emotion,” “affect,” or “passion.” The identity of a rāga seems ultimately to devolve from the associative and expressive effects of its tonal configurations, and for several hundred years Indian theory has had precise, instrumentally determined means for describing intervallic structures and scale-types.
December 2017 Update
We are pleased to introduce you to the new Grove Music Online website featuring a brand new design and improved functionality. Read more about the changes in our December 2017 Letter from the Editor.