Yaman emerged from the parent musical style of Kalyan, itself a style of classical Carnatic musical tradition called thaat. Considered to be one of the most fundamental ragas in the Hindustani Classical tradition, it is thus often on of the first ragas taught to students. In the context of traditional standards of performance, Yaman ragas are considered suitable to play at any time of the day, but they are traditionally performed in the evening.
Yaman's Jati is a Shadav-Sampurna raga; the ascending Aaroha scale omits Pa, whereas the descending style of the avroha includes all seven notes in the octave. All the scale notes (called swaras) in the raga are Shuddha, the exception being Teevra Madhyamavati. The notes of the raga are considered analogous to the western Lydian mode, which was the predominant scale used in classical antiquity, before being usurped by those of the pre-Modern era.