INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Proper Terminology


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Proper Terminology Feb 12, 2003 05:47 p.m.

Hi all - I know this was on a previous thread somewhere (over the rainbow). What is the proper way to use and spell the term...raga, raag, rag? Neal
Re:Proper Terminology Feb 12, 2003 07:02 p.m.

Yeah, that was one I asked a long time ago. Dont have that thread anymore. From what I remember, the consensus was that it doesn't really matter. In other words, your choice. I have seen all of them used at one time or the other..........
Re:Proper Terminology Feb 12, 2003 08:07 p.m.

Okay, great. Thank you. I like Raag, for some reason.
Time to go Raag & Roll, Bhairav style.
Re:Proper Terminology Feb 12, 2003 09:53 p.m.

Hey Neal.....
Raga is the western term, Raag is the term used in India. I believe the 'a' is on the end of the word but is silent actually or barely perceptible according to my understanding......Amitava should know for sure......?


Re:Proper Terminology Feb 13, 2003 07:54 a.m.

Both raag or raaga (or raga) are used by musicians and rasikas on a day to day basis- just not rag.

I think the official sanskrit word is written/pronouncedraaga.

Re:Proper Terminology Feb 14, 2003 05:20 p.m.

Okay then...Rasika?
Re:Proper Terminology Feb 14, 2003 06:53 p.m.

Glad you asked. I hate to show my ignorance! But I've seen the term rasika lately (also on Lars'site), and I don't know the meaning. Help a dummy out?
Re:Proper Terminology Feb 14, 2003 08:04 p.m.

"A Rasika can probably be defined as one who enjoys the essence of any creation, be it gross object or a subtle work of art. A rasika need not necessarily be a connoisseur". (that means we can be Rasikas, heh heh)
It's also my understanding that it means one who appreciates music, etc. on a deeper level......


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