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Ragmala Painting of Rag Bhairav (circa A.D. 1620-25)

Ragmala Painting of Rag Bhairav (circa A.D. 1620-25)

Description

Rag Bhairav is a very common rag.  According to mythology, it was the first rag.  It is belived that it emanated directly from the face of Mahadev (Shiva).  It is a very well known rag but it is seldom heard because it is a morning rag and most performances are in the evening.  Kalingada is very similar and is more likely to be heard by most concert goers.

The use of Bharav in film music is much more flexible.  The informal treatment means that there is a lot of overlap with Kalingada.  This leads to lively discussions as to whether particular songs are in Kalingada or in Bhairav.  Furthermore, there is no adherence to particular times with most film songs.  Pehaps the most famous example is "Mohe Bhul Gaye Sanvariyan" from the film "Baiju Bawara".  For a larger list of film songs in Bhairav, check "Rags Used in the Films" (Bhairav).

Bhairav has a very simple structure.  It is sampurna - sampurna.  For those who still adhere to the Vadi / Samvadi theory, it has been suggested that Dha is the vadi and Re is the samvadiRe and Dha should have a heavy undolan (slow shake) to define its character.  Bhairav's characteristics are:

Arohana

Ascending structure for Bhairav
(general discussion of arohana) - (general discussion of notation)

Avarohana

Descending structure of Bhairav
(general discussion of avarohana)

Jati

Sampurna - Sampurna - (general discussion of jati)

Time

Morning - (general discussion of time and rag)

That

Bhairav That - (general discussion of that)

Drone

Sa - Pa - (general discussion of drone)

For more information check out "Elementary North Indian Vocal"

 

 


 

Selected Video

Learn a North Indian Song: Jago Mohan Pyare

 

Uday Bhawalkar Morning Bhairav

 

Bhairavesh & Vaiyasaki singing Bhairav raga

 

Shobha Gurtu - Raag Bhairav

 

 


 

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