Index of Hindustani Raga


rāga – ‘that which colours the mind’

[under construction: out 2022]



An open, collaborative project, aiming to bring raga closer to anyone who approaches with open ears. Building on my past musicology work for Darbar, Ragatip, and Guitar World, it combines direct, detailed input from dozens of India’s leading classical musicians with insights from historical scholarship, cognitive science, global musical theory, and more. All resources will remain ad-free and open to all: these are not ‘my’ ideas… [coming soon!]



• Ragas in depth (40+) •

40+ great ragas: history, mythology, geometry, global connections, etc…

Ahir Bhairav | Antardhwani | Asavari | Bageshri | Basant Mukhari | Bhairav | Bhairavi | Bhimpalasi | Bhupali | Bihag | Bilaskhani Todi | Chandranandan | Charukeshi | Darbari | Desh | Durga | Gorakh Kalyan | Jhinjhoti | Jog | Jogkauns | Kafi | Kalavati | Kaunsi Kanada | Lalit | Malkauns | Marwa | Megh | Miyan ki Malhar | Multani | Parameshwari | Patdeep | Pilu | Poorvi | Puriya | Puriya Dhanashree | Shree | Tilak Kamod | Todi | Vachaspati | Yaman


• Broader Hindustani concepts •

Core dimensions of North Indian classical melody…





George Howlett is a London-based musician and writer. I play guitar, tabla, and santoor, loosely focusing on jazz, rhythm, and global improvisation. Above all I seek to enthuse fellow sonic searchers, interconnecting fresh vibrations with the human voices, cultures, and passions behind them.


—guitar & global music—

Recently I’ve worked long-term for Darbar, Guitar World, and Ragatip, and published research into tuning and John Coltrane’s raga notes. I’ve written for Jazzwise, JazzFM, and The Wire, and also record, perform, and teach in local schools. Site menu above, follow below, & get in touch here!

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