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Monday, January 26, 2009


Bhairavi is a janya rāgam in Carnatic music (musical scale of South Indian classical music). Though it is a sampoorna rāgam (scale having all 7 notes), it has two different dhaivathams in its scale, and hence is not classified as a melakarta rāgam (parent scale).
This is one of the ancient rāgams, said to have been prevalent about 1500 years ago. There are numerous compositions in this rāgam.
Structure and Lakshana
It is considered a janya of the 20th melakarta Natabhairavi. Its ārohaṇa-avarohaṇa structure is as follows (see swaras of Carnatic music for details on below notation and terms):
  • ārohaṇa: S R2 G2 M1 P D2 N2 S
  • avarohaṇa: S N2 D1 P M1 G2 R2 S
The notes used are chathusruthi rishabham, sadharana gandharam, shuddha madhyamam, chathusruthi dhaivatham & shuddha dhaivatham and kakali nishadham. Note the use of both dhaivathams, chathusruthi (D2) in ārohaṇa and shuddha (D1) in avarohaṇa.

Popular Compositions

Bhairavi has been decorated with numerous compositions by almost all composers. Viriboni varnam in ata talam by Pacchimiriam Adiyappa is commonly sung at the beginning of a concert and is very popular. Given below are a few very popular compositions among the 100s in this ragam.

  1. Ambaa kaamakshi - Maharajapuram Santhaanam
  2. kaamakshi - M.L. Vasanthakumari
  3. Ammammaa - Chithra
  4. Baalagopaala - Nithyashree
  5. Baala gopaala (Aalapanaa) - Aruna Sairam
  6. Baalagopaala - Aruna Sairam
  7. Baala gopaala - M.L Vasanthakumari
  8. Baala gopaala - Bombay Jayashri
  9. Baala gopaala - D. K. Pattammaal
  10. Chethulaara - M.L. Vasanthakumari
  11. Ika nannu - Nithyashree
  12. Inimel avarkkum - Aruna Sairam
  13. Janani maamava - P. Unnikrishnan
  14. Janani maamava - 1 - Kundrakudi Balamuralikrishna
  15. Janani maamava 2 - - Kundrakudi Balamuralikrishna
  16. Janani maamava - 3 - Kundrakudi Balamuralikrishna
  17. Janani maamava - Lakshmi Rangarajan
  18. Kaamaakshi - M.L. Vasanthakumari
  19. Kaamaakshi - T.K Rangachari
  20. Kaamaakshi - Ranjani & Gayathri
  21. Kaamaakshi - Sikkil Gurucharan
  22. Kaamaakshi - Bombay Jayashri
  23. Keechu keechu - Sikkil Gurucharan
  24. Kinthemi - Bombay sisters
  25. Koluvai - T. N. seshagopalan
  26. Koluvai - Nithyashree
  27. Koluvai - T.V. Sankaranarayanan
  28. Lalithe - Bombay Jayashree
  29. Lalithe - T.N. Seshagopalan
  30. Mariyaadha - M.L. Vasanthakumari
  31. Mariyaadha - Madurai Somu
  32. Mugaththai kaatiye - Sikkil Gurucharan
  33. Mugaththai kaatiye - Bombay Jayashree
  34. Mundhivaram isai - Laxmi Rangarajan
  35. Ninnane nambidhenu (Aalaapanaa) - Rajkumar Bharathi
  36. Ninnane nambidhenu - Rajkumar Bharathi
  37. Pazham nee - T.V. Sankaranarayanan
  38. Raamaa Kodhandaraama - Nithyashree
  39. Raama raama - Sowmya
  40. Raave himagiri - T.M.Krishna
  41. Raksha battare - Nithyashree
  42. Raksha battare - P. Unnikrishnan
  43. RTP - M.S. Subbalakshmi
  44. RTP - T.N. Seshagopalan
  45. RTP - Aruna Sairam
  46. RTP - K. J. Yesudoss
  47. RTP - T. M. Krishna
  48. Sari evaramma - Gayathri Venkatraghavan
  49. Sri lalithe - Gayathri Venkatraghavan
  50. Sri kamalaambayah - S. Rajeswari
  51. Sri raghuvara - Balamuralikrishna
  52. Sri Raghuvara - Bombay Jayashree
  53. Sri vishwanaatham - T. V. Sankaranarayanan
  54. Thaaye ezhai paal - Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan
  55. Thanayendru prema - Balamuralikrishna
  56. Thanayuni - T. V. Sankaranarayanan
  57. Thanayuni brova - T.N. Seshagopalan
  58. Thriloka Janani ( Aalapana) Madurai Somu
  59. Thriloka janani (Violin LGJ) Madurai Somu
  60. Thriloka Janani - Madurai Somu
  61. Upachaaramu - Balamuralikrishna
  62. Upachaaramu - Madurai Somu
  63. Upachaaramu - K. J. Yesudoss
  64. ( aalapana) Aruna Sairam
  65. Upachaaramu - Aruna Sairam
  66. Upachamulanu - T. M. Krishna
  67. Varnam - T. K. Rangachari
  68. Varnam - Maharajapuram Santhanan
  69. Varnam - T. N. Seshagopalan
  70. Varnam - Neiveli Santhanagopalan
  71. Varnam - Balamuralikrishna
  72. Varnam - K.J. Yesudoss
  73. Varnam - T.M. Krishna
  74. Varnam - Aruna Sairam
  75. Velavare - Sowmya
  76. Viruththam - Karuvutra naal - Sanjay Subramanian
  77. Yaaro ivar - Nithyashree
  78. Yaarukku ponnambalam - Nithyashree


Sriram said...

Dear Sir,

I was listening to all of your songs listed under Bhariavi. All the songs were great and the quality was good. While listening to that , I found that some of the songs are repeated.

For instance,Songs 1 and 7, 50 and 57 are one and the same or the link is pointing to the same song even though the song names are mentioned different.

Sorry for pointing out the mistakes.Thought of making your work perfect by pointing out.


hvaidya said...

Dear Mr. Sriram,

You were right, and I have corrected them. The seven is changed and it is 54 and not 57 was a repetition. I have corrected that also. Thanks for pointing out the error. Please keep informing meif there are some more mistakes if you come across.

Sriram said...

Dear Sir,
Some more songs are pointing to the same songs and the listing of the same are given below:
4,8 are pointing to the same link
17,25 are pointing to the same link
18,20 are pointing to the same link
21,22 are pointing to the same link
29,30,33 are pointing to the same link
35,37 are pointing to the same link
47,48 are pointing to the same link
61,64 are pointing to the samelink
63,66 are pointing to the same link
68,73 are pointing to the same link
Please correct them whenever you find time.
Thanks for correcting the links that I pointed out last time.


hvaidya said...

Dear Mr. Sriram,

I have made all the corrections pointed out by you. Somehow, I completely forgot about this all these days. Sorry for the delay.

tejaswie said...

Thank you very much, sir! I have downnloaded all the 78 to my machine today. Will copy them to my Ipod, listen and enjoy! Many Thanks!


Latha said...


Thanks for such a good upload. but I found some songs under wrong Ragas. For instance Raave himagiri kumari by T M Krishna is a swarajathi in TOdi by Syama sastri. Correct me if I am wrong.

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