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At what time of day should you perform a raga?

Previous: Raga Rasas
Next: Introduction to Taala
After finding out how a raaga can make you feel, you are not ready to perform it yet. Each raaga actually has an appropriate time to be performed!

Here is a brief compilation of the times and some raagas corresponding to them. You can find more about each time in the glossary.

Time of dayTimeRagas
Early Morning before sunrise
4-6am
ghanakaala raagas
bhoopaaLam
bowLi
Morning after sunrise
6-9am
bilahari
dhanyaasi
kEdaaram
Forenoon before noon
9am-noon
asaavEri
dEva manOhari
saavEri
Midday noon-1pm madyamaavati
maNirangu
shree
Afternoon 1-4pm bEgaDa
mukhaari
Evening end of day
4-7pm
ghanakaala raagas
aananda bhairavi
naaTTai kurinji
poorvi kalyaaNi
shanmugapriyaa
vasantaa
Night7-10pm kEdaara gowLa
neelaambari
Sarvakaalikaany time of day bhairavi
kaambhOji
kalyaaNi
shankaraabharaNam

The last set, the sarvakaalika raagas, are common raagas and can be performed at any time.

You'll find that compositions are also composed - many lullabies are sung at night and are therefore composed in neelaambari. Other songs are morning songs and composed in bhoopaaLam.

Performers always conclude a concert with madyamaavati. Though it is intended to be a midday raaga, it is said to appease the gods and nullify any inconsistencies in singing raagas at the wrong time.


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OR you can go back to the Carnatic page and take our ragas quiz!


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updated on 07/21/2011