|Hindustani classical music|
Arohana and avarohana
S r G M P D n S'
S' n D P M G r S
S, G, M, P, D: shuddha (natural);
r, n : komal (flat);
Pa and Sa are sometimes avoided in ascending [Arohan].. The descend can be direct, but is often expressed as S' n D P m, G m Gr ~ S with a slight oscillation on komal re to express the character of Bhairav 
Vadi and samavadi
Pakad or Chalan
S, r G M, G M r, ṇ Ḍ, ṇ r S
| komal Ni, shuddha Dha, komal Ni, komal Re, Sa | is the most characteristic run, where the Ni and Dha belong to the lower octave and the Re and Sa are from the middle octave. There is typically some andolan/oscillation at the flattened second (komal Re).
Organization and relationships
Also there may be impressions of Kafi, the image of Ahir Bhairav is easily maintained with the characteristic passage ṇ Ḍ ṇ/r~ S  Specially the characteristic Bhairav andolan (oscillation) on komal re. Sometimes shuddha Ni is used in the lower octave to emphazise the Bhairav character.
Ahir Bhairav is typical uttarang raga, which means emphasis is on the upper tetrachord.
The first Prahr of the morning, around 6 AM - 9 AM.
Nikhil Banerjee, Raga Ahir Bhairav. Multitone Records, UK Limited, 1995. LP. (Available on iTunes.)
Ravi Shankar, Three Classical Ragas. HMV, 1957. LP.
Film Songs based on Ahir bhairav
- "tara vina shyam mane (not in film) "
- man anand anand chayo (film: Vijeta)
- meri veena tum bin roye
- Ullathil Nalla Ullam from Karnan
- puuchho naa kaise maine rain bitaaii
- waqt karataa jo wafaa aap hamaare hote
- Ram Teri Ganga Maili Ho Gayee (Title Track)(film: Ram Teri Ganga Maili)
- ab tere bin jee le.nge ham (film: Aashiqui)
- solah baras kii baalii umr ko salaam
- albelaa sajan aayo re (film: Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)
- Teri ummid tera intezar karte hain (film: Deewana)
Chakravakam, the 16th Melakarta raga of Carnatic music, which is a sampurna scale (all seven notes in ascending and descending scale), closely resembles Ahir Bhairav. However, in the modern times Ahir Bhairav raga has been used in a few Carnatic music compositions and many South Indian film songs as well.
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