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Raga Name: Bhairavi

That Name: Bhairavi

Aroha: S r g m P d n S’

Avaroha: S’ n d P m g r S

Jati: Sampurna-Sampurna

Vadi: P

Samvadi: S

Swarupa: ‘n S g m d P g m g r S

Prahar: 2nd Prahar (6 AM to 9 AM)


Raga Information:

This is one of the most beautiful ragas in Indian classical music. The scale, except for Sa and Pa which are immoveable, consists of all flat notes. Even though the aroha and avaroha depict that this is a straight-chained raga, the raga is not necessarily. Bhairavi is considered the freest raga, as there are many ways to go about performing this raga. Artists even will include vivadis, or grace notes, to sweeten the flavor. The most common grace notes are the usage of Re and Dha. Bengali artists use Ga, especially in the Baul bhajans. Ma and Ni are used less frequently, but are found here and there. Another factor that adds to its freedom status is that even though it is recommended for the morning, it is really sung at any time. Usually, after a long performance, this raga is almost always used as a grand-finale raga. Majority of classical based numbers are in Bhairavi. Even popular and folk music employ Bhairavi in unique ways. Most of them tend to use “ma” as the strong vadi and the samvadi being “Sa.”


Songs found on this website in Bhairavi:

Song: Bhaja Hu Re Mana (1999)

Instrumental: Raga Bhairavi on Vina (2004)

Instrumental: “Separation” (2006)

Song: Raga Bhairavi Kirtana (2007)


UPDATED: April 5, 2009

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