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Most popular ragas


What are the most popular ragas? Well, one way to quantify this might be to note the number of compositions in a particular raga. We've got a list based on a list of 38,000 songs, and here are how the top 100 ragas tally. The winners? Read on to find out:
Shankarabharana1234
Kambhoji1119
Kalyani1039
Todi910
Bhairavi857
Mohana836
Ragamalikas835
Anandabhairavi718
Mukhari704
Kamavardhini633
Madhyamavati623
Dhanyasi562
Nadanamakriya560
Surati517
Kedaragaula513
Khamas495
Kapi490
Begada 479
Saveri465
Saurashtra458
Kharaharapriya437
Nata428
Athana417
Behag417
Yadukulakambhoji 401
Purvikalyani398
Shri380
Cenjuruti370
Shahana362
Hindola350
Ahiri320
Shanmukhapriya316
Sindhu bhairavi  301
Kanada292
Punnagavarali289
Bilahari286
Natakuranji283
Nilambari283
Bauli281
Hamsadhvani275
Mayamalavagaula272
Lalita247
Varali237
Abhogi232
Purvi231
Samanta224
Arabhi222
Sama221
Bhupala216
Kannada216
Devagandhari210
Huseni210
Simhendramadhyam 205
Gaula200
Kiravani198
Asaveri195
Yamunakalyani 193
Cakravaka189
Shriranjani189
Saranga185
Darbar175
Vasanta175
Harikambhoji166
Kuntalavarali162
Ritigaula 157
Carukesi150
Padi150
Paraju149
Shubhapantuvarali146
Gaurimanohari143
Ramakriya142
Vacaspati142
Shuddadhanyasi140
Bageshri138
Kedara135
Navaroj135
Hamirkalyani132
Des131
Amrtavarshini130
Ranjani130
Malayamaruta129
Mand124
Hindustanikapi120
Revati120
Dharmavati119
Salanganata118
Kurinji  117
Abheri116
Bhimpalas116
Gaulipantu112
Valaji112
Dvijavanti110
Sarasvati108
Revagupti107
Manirangu102
Dvamanohari101
Hamsanada100
Mandari 100
Natabhairavi100
Tilang 100


More information:
Table and composition list contributed by Lakshman Ragde, who also performed the analysis. According to him, "Some of the ragas like padi, sanamta and ramakriya are to be discounted since most of the songs in them are by Annamacharya."


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updated on 08/02/2011