Definition of ragini in English:


nounPlural raginis

  • (in Indian classical music) a derivative melody related to a raga.

    ‘he taught me all the ragas, the raginis, and tested my knowledge with persistent questioning’
    • ‘They were taught to Lord Shiva and he created for each raga which is male - six raginis or female variations, for thirty-six in all.’
    • ‘The ‘ragas’ and ‘raginis’ of Hindustani music were treated as lovers and beloveds of the medieval times.’
    • ‘The male ragas and female raginis are picturised, representing the mood, sentiment, season, situation, and time of day or night.’


Sanskrit rāgiṇī, literally ‘coloured, impassioned’; compare with raga.