Raga in Music: Definition, Instruments & Songs


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What is a raga?

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1. Which of the following is NOT one of the sections in a raga performance?

2. What is the chalan?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Raga is a type of music used in improvised performance. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of raga, including how it is played. Quiz questions ask you to identify the characteristics of raga, such as the components that make up a raga performance and what instruments it is played on.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • The definition of raga
  • The meaning of chalan
  • Indian instruments
  • Parts of a raga

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the ascending and descending forms of the basic scale
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the sections of a raga
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson about musical improvisation and raga

Additional Learning

Learn more about this musical form by studying the related lesson called Raga in Music: Definition, Instruments & Songs. The lesson covers the following concepts:

  • The differences between improvisation and composition
  • The major notes contained in a raga
  • The role of a drone instrument in a raga performance
  • The typical length of a raga performance