Indian Classical Music

The pillars of Indian Classical Music are

* Raga
* Mood
* Expression

Raag, in the Sanskrit dictionary, is defined as "the act of colouring or dyeing" the mind and "any feeling or passion especially love, affection, sympathy, vehement desire, interest, joy, or delight".
In music, these descriptions apply to the impressions of melodic sounds on both the artist and listener. A raag consists of required and optional rules governing the melodic movements of notes within a performance.

Indian classical music is based on raga system, which has continuously evolved from pre-Aryan period. The music and ragas also have their roots in the Hindu mythology.

The definition and meaning of raga has changed many a times over the long period of history and mythology. The root word for the term 'Raga' is the Sanskrit word 'Ranja' meaning to please, to colour or to tinge.

The meaning of the raga revolves around three basic elements:

* colour
* passion
* melody

The melodic performer utilizes a raag as the foundation for improvisation. A recital explores a raag in an non-metered form and within the confines of a cyclical rhythmic structure, using intricate ornamentation of notes. First the raag is introduced with a note or group of notes, and then the improvisation progresses to a more melodically and rhythmically complex form.

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