• Raag Bhatiyari Bhairav •


A hybrid of two morning ragas: Bhairav and Bhatiyar. While the movements of the latter take centre-stage, its typical PGrS descending phrase is replaced by Bhairav’s GmG\rS signature: Ramrang offers indicative patterns including Sm; mPGm; GmPDNP; DmPGmP; DNr; NDP; GmPmrS; PGmrS, occasionally seasoned with tivra Ma via MDS [n.b. ‘Bhairav-Bhatiyar’, though built from the same pairing, is considered to be a distinct form: employing double-Dha amidst other quirks]. The basic SrGmPDNS scale form (shared with Mangal Bhairav and Dakshinatya Basant) also bears a curious trio of relations to the ‘32 expanded thaat’ (i.e. all sampurna scales with exactly 7 swaras): being prakriti with #18, a ma-murchana of #3, and a reversal of #24.

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—Ramashreya Jha ‘Ramrang’ (2007)—

[refrain, e.g. 1:56] GmPD, N(S)D D(Pm)P m(PDP), P(GP)GmGr S…


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Explore hidden inter-raga connections: swara geometries, melodic features, murchana sets, ragangas, & more (also see the Full Tag List):

Swaras: -4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10+

Sapta: Audav | Shadav | Sampurna

Poorvang: SRGM | SRG | SRM | SGM

Uttarang: PDNS | PDS | PNS | DNS

Varjit: Re | Ga | Ma | Pa | Dha | Ni

Double: rR | gG | mM | dD | nN

Thaat: 10 | 32Enclosed | Inexact

Chal: All-shuddha | All-komal | Ma-tivra

Gaps: Anh. | Hemi. | 3-row | 4-row | 5-row

Symmetries: Mirror | Rotation | Palindr.

Aroha: Audav | Shadav | Sampurna

Avroh: Audav | Shadav | Sampurna

Jati: Equal | Balanced | Av.+1 | Av.+2

Samay: Morning | Aftern. | Eve. | Night

Murchana: Bhup. | Bihag | Bilaw. | Charu.

Raganga: Bhairav | Malhar | Kan. | Todi

Construction: Jod | Mishra | Oddball

Origin: Ancient | Carnatic | Modern

Dominance: Poorvang | Uttarang

Prevalence: A-list | Prachalit | Aprach.


• Prakriti: Thaat #18, Mangal Bhairav, Dakshinatya Basant


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SrGmPDNS
Reverse: SrgmPdNS (=’thaat #24‘)
Negative: 4-1-3-2-2 (e.g. Devshri)
Imperfect: 3 (re, Pa, Ni)
Detached: 1 (re)
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: ‘Unfilled #3‘ (on ma)


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Suryakantam
Jazz: Ionian b2
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • • o o • o • o • o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Bhatiyari Bhairav, ~Bhairav Bhatiyar


—Jitendra Abhisheki (~1980s)—



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