Raga Anand Bhairav

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Raga Anand Bhairav

It is a variant of Bhairav. The name suggests that there is a combination of Anandi and Bhairav, but it is not so. It is a combination of Bhairav ??and Bilawal ragas. Being part of Bhairav ??in it, its Rishabh is agitated and Gandhara curve is used in descending. Sometimes Rishabh is also forbidden in Aaroh and at that time we start with Nishad - like in Nisaga P. Dhaivat and Nishad are few in Aaroh. Hence the accompaniment of Pa and Tara Sa is very important in this raga.

Bhairav ??organ is strong in it. Therefore it is born of Bhairav ??Thaat and its singing time is considered as Sandhiprakash in the morning. It is also called Parmel Pravek Raga. 

There are two versions of Ananda Bhairav in use today. One uses all the notes of the major scale, but with a flat second i.e.
1 b2 3 4 5 6 7 1' 1' 7 6 5 4 3 b2 1
S r G m P D N S' S' N D P m G r S

This version is favored by Amjad Ali Khan, Buddaditya Mukherjee, Parveen Sultana, among others.

The other version, played by Maihar Gharana artists, uses the same set of notes as Ahir Bhairav flat 2 & flat 7
S r G m P D n S'

But the movement is more complex, D and n are not used in ascending, and the descending is crooked
S r G m P S' S' D n P G m r S
S r G m P m P S'– S' D 'n P – G P m G m r S–


   Raga structure of Anand Bhairav

Thaat : Suryakant or Bhairav or Bilawal 

Jati : Sampooran-Sampooran 

Virjit Notes : none

Vadi : Ma

Samvadi : Sa

Aroh : S r G m P D N S'

Avroh : S' N D P m G r S

Vikrat Notes : ‘R’ komal

Time : Forth prahar of the night (3PM to 6 PM) Or sometimes (12Night to 3PM)

Samprakriti ragas : Bhairav, Bilawal and Ahir Bilawal.

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