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A rasika is a term for an aesthete of Hindustani classical music.[1] The term is derived from Sanskrit meaning full of Passion, elegant; with discrimination. Connoisseur - An expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts.

A rasika is a term for audience in Sinhalese

In the context of carnatic music[edit]

A rasika, in carnatic music terminology, is a person who has some knowledge of carnatic music and is able to appreciate carnatic music. In carnatic music concerts (or katcheri, as they are called), the audience is usually called rasikas.[2]


  1. ^ José Luiz Martínez (1 January 2001). Semiosis in Hindustani Music. Motilal Banarsidass Publ. pp. 166–. ISBN 978-81-208-1801-9. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Jyotsna Srikanth, Rathna Srikantiah. Carnatic Music Learning Series - Volume 1, English. Carnatic Music - English. pp. 58–. GGKEY:20L2WJTSC5R. Retrieved 14 July 2013.