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Indian Classical Music
17th Century ragamala painting
whom poets in their vision
see as great-eyed Bhairavi,
golden consort of Bhairav,
throned on carven crystal
at the peak of Kailasa,
with cymbals in her hands,
with the leaves and flowers of the lotus.
Db, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C
Main Note is: C
A morning raga that is traditionally also played at
the end of concerts, regardless of time
is the consort of Bhairav. Originally Bhairavi used natural D
and A notes, but it changed during the 17th and 18th centuries,
using instead the flatted versions of both notes. Bhairavi is
probably India's most popular raga. A version of Bhairavi,
called Sindhi Bhairavi allows the artist to encompass all
the remaining notes of the chromatic scale as embellishments.
Bhairavi is often performed in the lighter compositional styles
such as thumri and dadra, and rarely as a kheyal.
Akbar Khan Ali Akbar is known for his great renderings
of this raga. This wonderful performance was recorded in the
1960s. It begins with a light dadra (6 beats) and ends in
another composition in 16 beats.
Taranath Rajeev sings and plays on sarod this beautiful
raga in a performance recorded on May 19, 2000 in Berlin and
used by permission. Sanjay Jhalla, tabla.
Ghulam Ali Khan A thumree performed by this great singer
Khan Sarangi player. 1948.
Moinuddin and Aminuddin Dagar singing in Dhurpad Style. Raja
Chhatrapati Singh, pakhawaj. 1950s.