Bhairav (raga)

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Ragamala painting of Bhairav
Thaat Bhairav
Type Sampurna
Time of day Daybreak; Beginning of concerts
Arohana Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa'
Avarohana Sa' Ni Dha Pa Ma Ga Re Sa
Vadi Dha
Samavadi Re
Equivalent Mayamalavagowla

Raga Bhairav (Hindi: भैरव/भैरों) (Urdu: بَھیرَو ‎) (Sindhiبھےرو ) is an Indian classical heptatonic (Sampurna) raga of Bhairav Thaat. Traditionally it is a morning raga. It is usually performed as the beginning piece in concerts. It is the defining raga of its own Thaat.

Raga Kalingda in Hindustani and Ragam Mayamalavagowla in Carnatic music have the same scale as Raga Bhairav, although the moods they create can be quite different due to the way they are expounded.


Bhairav is grave in mood and suggests seriousness, introversion as well as devotional attitude. It shares its notes with Ahir Bhairav which has a sombre temperament.

Vadi (Most important note) & Samvadi (Second most important note)[edit]

Vadi = Dha, Samvadi = Re

Arohana & Avarohana[edit]

Arohana : Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa'

Avarohana : Sa' Ni Dha Pa Ma Ga Re Sa

Pakad or Chalan[edit]

sa ga ma pa dha dha pa, ma ga ma re sa

Organization & Relationships[edit]

Related ragas:


The performance for this raga is solemnly serious. The raga comes across as a musical entity with mood of meditation, philosophical depth and emotional richness.

Samay (Time)[edit]

Bhairav is an early morning(pratham prahar) raag.


Bhairav is one of few ragas that can be sung in any season.


Bhairav is typically performed with a peaceful, serious, and serene mood.

Film Songs[edit]

Bhairav is a popular raga for film songs. Here are some film songs based on Bhairav:

  • "Amma Roti De Baba Roti De" - Sansar, 1952
  • "Hanse Tim Tim" - Sansar, 1952
  • "Mohe Bhul Gaye Sanvariya" - Baiju Bawra, 1952
  • "Jaago, Mohan Pyare Jaago" - Jagte Raho, 1956
  • "Man Re Hari Ke Gun Ga" - Musafir, 1957


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