Ragini, Rāginī: 7 definitions


Ragini means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: WikiPedia: Natyashastra

Rāginī (रागिनी) is a term for the “feminine” counterpart of a “masculine” rāga. These are envisioned to parallel the god-goddess themes in Hinduism, and described variously by different medieval Indian music scholars. For example, the Sangita-darpana text of 15th-century Damodara Misra proposes six raga with thirty ragini, creating a system of thirty six, a system that became popular in Rajasthan

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Rāgiṇī (रागिणी).—A celestial woman, daughter of Himavān and elder sister of Pārvatī. (For details see under Pārvatī).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

rāgiṇī (रागिणी).—f (S) A miśrarāga or modification of a musical mode. Six or five are assigned to each rāga or mode. In mythology it is personified as the wife of a rāga q. v. 2 A wanton or impassioned woman.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

rāgiṇī (रागिणी).—f A modification of a musical mode.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Rāgiṇī (रागिणी):—[from rāgin > rāga] f. a modification of the musical mode called Rāga (q.v.; 35 or 36 Rāgiṇīs are enumerated), [Saṃgīta-sārasaṃgraha; Pañcarātra; Śukasaptati]

2) [v.s. ...] a wanton and intriguing woman, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of the eldest daughter of Menakā, [Purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] of a form of Lakṣmī, [ib.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Rāginī (रागिनी):—(nf) a musical mode or a variation/modification thereof.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Rāgiṇi (ರಾಗಿಣಿ):—

1) [noun] a woman in love.

2) [noun] a class of rāgas, classified as female ones, in Hindūstāni system.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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