Bhairavi is one of the ragas most often performed in the classical tradition of Hindustani music.
The Bhairavi mode, as well as the Bhairav mode, are not unknown in the West : they are often heard in music influenced by gypsy music : flamenco, arabo-andalusian musicŠ
This is because the three important gypsy migrations originated from Rajasthan and that the people of gypsies there, the Lohar Pasa, are devotees of Lord Bhairav.
A lot of their songs follow raga Bhairavi or raga Bhairav.
Bhairavi follows this scale :
SA REk GAk MA PA DHAk NIk SA
SA NIk DHAk PA MA GAk REk SA
but is played with a number of added notes (Sindhu Bhairavi is one of the few traditional ragas with 12 notes in descent) and with zig-zag (vakre) ascents that are different in every school.
Bhairavi is played in all styles, Qawwali, Thumri, Dadra, Hori, Tappa, Ashtapadi and less often in Khyal or in Dhrupad.
In most gharanas it has become usual to end the concert by raga Bhairavi.
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