• Raag Shivmat Bhairav •


Shivmat Bhairav can be described as a blend of Bhairav, Bhairavi, and Todi, with the former being the most dominant over the sound (‘Bhairav double Ga/Ni’). Relatively rare in modern times, the raga brings out Bhairav via GmrS phrases and oscillations on the komal re – while also incorporating komal ga and ni in characteristic vakra movements (e.g. PdndP and rgrS). Said to have inspired Kumar Gandharva’s swara-congruent Bihad Bhairav.

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[alap motifs, e.g. 8:08] P, Pdn ndP m(m)P, (G)mm, G/r, r/g(r) rSS; ndP m(G)mP, (G)mm, G/r, r/g(r) rSS; (N)SGm PdPS(NS) NSN\dP Pdn ndPm(GP); (G)mm, G/r, r/g(r) rSS…


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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.


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: S-r-gG-m-P-d-nN-S
Reverse: SrRGmPdDNS (=none)
Inverse: Dha; SmDS (=none)
Imperfect: 2 (Pa, Ni)
Detached: none
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: none


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: (~Mayamalavagowla)
Jazz: Phrygian (dbl. 3rd/7th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • o o o • o o • o o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Shivmat Bhairav, Shivmath Bhairav, Shiva Bhairav


—Mallikarjun Mansur (~1980s)—




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