Raag Ahir Bhairav is very ancient raag of Hindustan classical music.It is a mixture of Raag Bhairav and the ancient but now rare raag Abhiri or perhaps a mixture of Bhairav and Kafi.This Raag is also known as Uttarang raag(second half more important) .In this raag the Vadi sur is ‘Ma’ and Samwadi sur is ‘Sa’.In some schools of music ‘Sa’ is considered as Vadi.Pa is generally durbal in this raag.It is sometimes avoided in Aaroh.The Avroh is generally direct,but it is often expressed with a slight oscillation on komal Re(Re) to express the character of Bhairav.
Time of singing-Early Morning 6-9 AM.
Aaroh– Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dh Ni Sa’.
Avroh-Sa’Ni Dh Pa Ma…Ga Ma Re Sa.
Pakad-Pa Dh Ni Dh Pa Ma…Ga Ma Re..Re Sa.
Komal Sur-Re and Ni.
Sa…”Ni” Ni Sa…Re,Re,Sa…”Ni” Dh,”Pa…”Pa”Dh,Ni Sa…Sa Re Ga…Ga MaRe….Re…Sa.
“Dh “Ni Sa…”.Ni”Dh Pa…”Dh “Ni Re….Re Re Sa….Sa Re Re Ga…Ga Ma Re….Re Re Sa..Sa.
“Ni “Ni Sa…”Dh”Ni Re Sa….Sa Re Ga…Ga GaMa Re Sa….Ga Ma Pa…Dh Ga..Ma Ma Pa Ga…Ga Ga Ma Pa Ga…Ga Ma Re Sa…Sa.
Popular Songs Based on Ahir Bhairav Raag
1. Albela Sajan Aayo Re (Hindi) Film: Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Singer: Sultan Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, Kavita Krishnamurthy
Music Director: Ismail Durbar.
Taal:Teen Taal with a variation of kehrwa.
2.Ab Tere Bin Jee Lenge Hum (Hindi)
Singer: Kumar Sanu.
Music Director: Nadeem-Shravan.
3.Sola Baras Ki Baali Umar ko Salam
Film:Ek Duje Ke Liye.
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Music Director: Laxmikant, Pyarelal
4. Poochho na kaise maine rain bitayi.
Film: Meri Soorat Teri Aankhen.
Singer: Manna Dey Batish.
Music Director: S. D. Burman.