Rakti in raga and laya

Sangita Kalanidhi R. VedavalliSangita Kalanidhi R. Vedavalli Speaks

Rakti in raga and laya is a complex theme which covers a variety of aspects. Attempts have been made to interpret rakti in different ways. The origin of the word rakti is hard to trace, but the term is used commonly to denote a manner of singing that is of a highly appreciated quality. It carries with it a sense of intense involvement or engagement. Rakti is derived from the root word ranjranjayati iti ragaha, ranjayati iti raktihi. That which is pleasing, which engages the mind joyfully may be called rakti. That which is pleasing, which engages the mind joyfully may be called rakti. The term rakti is not found in pre-17th century texts like Niruktam, Vyjayanti and Amarakosamread more