Indian Classical Music - Ragas

updated on Jan 03, 2015

Ragas form the core of Indian Classical Music. With their characteristic aaroha (ascend) and avaroha (descend), and pakad (characteristic pattern), each raga is attributed to a particular time of day. While there are hundreds of raga permutations, some have become more popular than others, and form the basis of innumerable hindi songs and ghazals.

I got introduced to the world of ragas in 2008, almost by accident. While learning the Harmonium, almost entirely from YouTube videos (one such excellent resource is Set of 28 Harmonium Lessons), I realized that it is much easier to learn a song if you understand the basic raga of the song. While it is imperative to learn classical music from a guru, there is growing set of information on the web that provides an introduction to the depth and complexity of the subject of ragas. Most of the data here is gleaned from information available on the web. The notable references are mentioned below.



  1. on Jan 17, 2017 07:01 AM by  Pramod Kumar Tandon

    Wanted to know if some one can give a list of Hindi Film songs and their Raag.

  2. on Dec 28, 2016 04:12 PM by  John Pitts

    I'd be grateful if you could share this with your readers if appropriate it is a link to my brand new 258page book of 24 Indian Sitar Raags completely reinvented for piano, plus a whole load of instruction and musical examples.
    How to Play Indian Sitar Raags on a Piano
    It is designed to be enjoyed by good amateur pianists through to virtuosic professionals. It is suitable for any pianist who enjoys discovering new music, or who has an interest in music from other cultures, or who knows the pleasure of jazz noodling and wants to explore a rewarding and fresh (but centuriesold) form of improvisation.
    Indian raags have an extraordinary musical heritage dating back several centuries (from the area that is now India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) a truly unique musical genre of fascinating melodic beauty and rhythmic intricacy freely combining elaborate composed melodies with carefully rehearsed improvisation. But now the amazing world of Indian raags has been opened up in this sympathetic but thorough reinvention for piano solo (or duet or two pianos).
    Warm wishes,
    John Pitts
    British composer

  3. on Nov 10, 2016 03:11 AM by  shantha s raju

    S.N Tata Raga Based Hindi Film songs India picks has been blocked . When will it be available as there is very good information in that site.

  4. on Nov 10, 2016 03:11 AM by  shantha s raju

    Sir can you clarify the ragas for songs from sungursh composed by Sri.Naushad Ali
    1 Jab Dil Se Dil takrata Hai Md Rafi
    2.Ishq Deewana Husnu Bhi Ghayal Md.Rafi
    3.Chedona Diil ki Baat Lataji


  5. on Jul 13, 2016 04:07 AM by  Tarun Kumar Dave

    Fantastic. In the allround cacophony of socalled music and the present generation completely immersed in the mobile world, this site is a wonderful treasure trove of our great music heritage. Keepup the painstaking work and try to add as many ragas as possible.

  6. on May 21, 2016 03:05 PM by  Hitesh Dave

    Hello and Namaste
    There has been lots confusion with the song Raina beet jaye from film amar prem. Some say it's Raag todi some say it's gujrati todi some say it's todi and khamaj mix and other say it's Raag Lalit. Please can someone help me with the true and exact Raag for this song. It's such a beautiful song but can't understand the real Raga for it.
    Thank you

  7. on May 03, 2016 12:05 AM by  Jayesh Soni

    very much useful
    I thing u have serve to musical
    society a lot

  8. on Feb 22, 2016 10:02 AM by

    Very informative for a learner like me like a senior person over 80

  9. on Jan 18, 2016 05:01 AM by  ishwarya

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  10. on Jan 07, 2016 10:01 PM by  Dr. Hafeel

    It was so interesting reading your blog. I got a chance to add songs to my raga list. Feel so happy. Looking forward to see more news at Hindustani raga and popular song section.

    Thanks once again
    Dr Hafeel

  11. on Jun 02, 2014 06:06 AM by  rajnish goyal

    it should be very helpful. i will try to play on harmonium

  12. on Oct 14, 2013 01:10 AM by  Dr Rajpal Walke

    Thank you so much for such a great information on basic ragas for the beginners. i would appreciate if you add some more ragas.

  13. on Apr 06, 2013 04:04 AM by  Mansoor

    Thank you very much. It is a great effort. I really appreciate it.

  14. on Apr 04, 2013 01:04 AM by  adarsh jain

    nice one supb.....

  15. on Mar 21, 2013 03:03 AM by  mohit

    Thanks a ton !!!! it sounds like a gold mine for me..great effort..keep it up please..

  16. on Dec 23, 2012 12:12 AM by  Bhaskar Ghosh

    Excellent work! I have been searching for hindustani classical music online learning resources, and this place is the best I have found.

  17. on Dec 07, 2012 11:12 PM by  Sharma

    I was searching for such combination wherein I got to know which Hindi Song is based on what Hindustani Raag... Thanks for all the efforts taken for preparation of such marvel site...

  18. on Sep 24, 2012 06:09 PM by  Pankaj

    I have been searching for something like this for a long time!!!
    This is a mine of wealth for lovers of Hindustani Classical Music.
    Excellent work!

  19. on May 09, 2012 05:05 AM by  D.D. Gajbhiye

    These are veryvery uniquely designed contents. I extend my sincere thanks for this contribution to the Indian classical music. Anticipating soon for another significant popular ragas on this blog.

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  21. on Jul 22, 2011 06:07 AM by  Estella

    Stay with this guys, you're helping a lot of poelpe.

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