Bhairav (raga)

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For Carnatic music raga (South Indian classical music), see Kalingada (Carnatic). For the god, see Shiva.
Raag Bhairav
Ragamala painting of Raag Bhairav.
Thaat Bhairav
Aaroha Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa'
Avroha Sa' Ni Dha Pa Ma Ga Re Sa
Pakad Ga Ma Dha Dha Pa Ga Ma Re Re Sa
Vaadi Dha
Samvaadi Re
Prahar (Time) Morning (Pratham Prahar)

Raag Bhairav (Hindi: भैरव/भैरों) (Urdu: بیرو‎) (Sindhiبھےرو ) is a Hindustani Classical heptatonic (Sampurna) Raag of Bhairav Thaat. Traditionally it is a morning raga. In modern times, typically in Khyal Gayaki, it is usually performed as the beginning piece in concerts. It is the defining raga of its own Thaat.

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


Writing about the musical theory of Hindustani music is fraught with complications. Firstly, there have been no set, formal methods of written notation. Secondly, Hindustani music is an aural tradition, and therefore writing is not an essential part of learning. However, Bhairav is a morning raag, commonly sung at the end of the concert. The raag is grave in mood and suggests seriousness, introversion as well as devotional attitude. By the mature deep temperament of this raag the musician expect to make the mood sombre. It shares the notes with Ahir Bhairav which has a sombre temperament.

Arohana & Avarohana[edit]


 Sa, Komal Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Komal Dha, Ni, Sa'
 C,       D♭,   E,  F,  G,     A♭,     B,  C'


 Sa', Ni, Komal Dha, Pa, Ma, Ga, Komal Re, Sa
 C',  B,      A♭,    G,  F,  E,      D♭,   C

Pakad or Chalan[edit]

Komal Dha - Ni - Sa

Sa - Komal Re - Sa

Sa - Komal Re - Kali - Ma - Kali - Pa - Ga - Ni - Ga

Organization & Relationships[edit]

Related ragas:

Thaat: Bhairav


Behavior refers to practical aspects of the music. It is complicated to talk about this for Hindustani music since many of the concepts are fluid, changing, or archaic. The following information cannot be accurate, but it can attempt to reflect how the music existed. 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 raag. But it is also used as a concluding piece and as such has been performed even at night, but always in Deep or high-classical rendering. If one has to sing or play Bhairav as a main piece it has to be in the morning time.


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


Raag 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
  • "Mana Re Hari Ke Guna" - Musafir, 1957


Bhairav is considered to be the most ancient fundamental Raag of Hindustani Classical Music. Also, it is believed that Bhairav was the very first Raag to be created by Lord Shiva. This raga is being used in worship by Hindus to invoke the deities Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati.


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