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Indian Ragas: Introduction to Raag Bhairavi

Bhairavi is a heptatonic (consists of 7 notes) raga from the Hindustani music tradition. Many styles such as Thumri’s, Ghazals, Bhajans and light classical forms have many well known compositions in Bhairavi. Raag Bhairavi is often used to conclude many classical music concerts as well.

When is Raag Bhairavi sung?

Raag Bhairavi is usually in sung in the early morning. It is best rendered when the sun rises.

What is the nature of Raag Bhairavi?

The aspect that makes this raga special is that it can invoke different moods like Bhakti (devotion), Shringara (romance) and Veera (courage) depending on the style of rendition.

What is the Thaat of Raag Bhairavi?

The Thaat of Raag Bhairavi is Bhairavi.

What are the notes in Raag Bhairavi?

The Arohana of the raga is S r g m P d n S’
The Avarohana of the raga is S’ n d P m g r S

What is the Vadi and Samvadi of Raag Bhairavi?

The Vadi is Ma and the Samvadi is Sa.

Our Course on Raag Bhairavi

Course curated by Shri Siddhartha Belmannu & Smt Meghana Kulkarni

This is an introductory Hindustani singing course on Raag Bhairavi. This course was recorded by very talented vocal coaches of this generation Shri Siddhartha Belmannu & Smt Meghana Kulkarni. This course contains important lessons in the raga for you to listen and repeat after the Guru. You can practice each lesson till you have internalised the concepts covered. While singing you will receive instant visual feedback so you can correct yourself immediately and improve.

Concepts Covered: ArohAvrohPakadChalanAlaapLakshangeet,Sargamgeet and Chhota Khayal.

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Lesson Structure

  1. Introduction
  2. Practice of Aroh and Avroh (Ascent and Descent)
  3. Practice Of Pakad (Phases)
  4. Chalan Practice (Melodic Progression)
  5. Alap of the Raag (Musical Phrases)
  6. Sargamgeet
  7. Lakshangeet
  8. Bandishes – Gobind ko Bhajan & Kaisi ye Bhalaayi(Compositions)
  9. Paltas (Patterns)

This course is a must if you would like to sing a song in Raag Bhairavi. You can learn Raag Bhairavi as well as many other ragas like Bageshri, Bhimpalasi, Brindavani Sarang etc. Think of Riyaz as your very own mobile vocal coach. If you want to learn to sing at home, download the riyaz app now!

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