Nat Bhairav

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Raag Nat Bhairav
Ragamala painting of Raag Nat Bhairav.
Thaat Bhairav
Aaroha Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa'
Avroha Sa' Ni Dha Pa Ma Ga Re Sa
Pakad Sa-Re-Ga-ma-Dha Pa, Ga-Ma-Re-Sa, 'Ni-'Dha-Sa
Vaadi Pa
Samvaadi Sa
Prahar (Time) Morning (Pratham Prahar)

Raag Nat Bhairav (Hindi: नट भैरव/नट भैरों) (Urdu: نٹ بَھیرَو‎) (Sindhi ) is a Hindustani Classical septatonic (Sampurna) Raag of Bhairav Thaat. Traditionally it is a morning raga. In modern times, typically in Khyal Gayaki, it is usually performed as the beginning piece in concerts. It is one of the most important raga of Bhairav Thaat.

Sarasangi in Carnatic music has the same scale as the Nat Bhairav in Hindustani music.


Writing about the musical theory of Hindustani music is fraught with complications. Firstly, there have been no set, formal methods of written notation. Secondly, Hindustani music is an aural tradition, and therefore writing is not an essential part of learning. However, Nat Bhairav is a morning raag, commonly sung at the end of the concert. The raag reflects the mood of slight pathos with heroic exuberance.

Arohana and Avarohana


 Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Komal Dha, Ni, Sa'
 C,  D,  E,  F,  G,      A♭,    B,  C'


 Sa', Ni, Komal Dha, Pa, Ma, Ga, Re, Sa
 C',  B,      A♭,    G,  F,  E,  D,  C

Pakad or Chalan

Komal Dha-Ni-Sa


Sa-Re-Ga-Ma-Komal Dha-Pa, Ga-Ma-Re-Sa, Re-'Ni-'Dha-Sa

Organization and relationships

Related ragas:


Behavior refers to practical aspects of the music. It is complicated to talk about this for Hindustani music since many of the concepts are fluid, changing, or archaic. The following information cannot be accurate, but it can attempt to reflect how the music existed. As the name suggests, this rag is a combination of Rag Nat and Rag Bhairav (Shah [Bhairav ke Prakar] 1991: 255). It is regarded as one of the varieties of Bhairav. The lower tetra chord has the notes of Rag Nat whereas in the upper tetra chord Rag Bhairav is evident. Therefore, except Komal Dha, all the other notes are natural. The raga comes across as a musical entity with heroic exuberance, along with a slight feeling of pathos.

Samay (Time)

Nat Bhairav is an early morning raag. This rag has a distinct character although at times imbued with impressions of Bhairav. If one has to sing or play Nat Bhairav as a main piece it has to be in the morning time.


Nat Bhairav is one of few raags that can be sung in any season.


Raag Nat Bhairav is typically performed with a musical entity with heroic exuberance, along with a slight feeling of pathos.

Film Songs

Nat Bhairav is a popular raga for film songs. Here are some film songs based on Nat Bhairav:

  • "Badli Se Nikla Hai Chaand" - Sanjog, 1961
  • "Teri Aankhon Ke Siwa Duniya Mein Rakkha" - Chirag, 1969
  • "Tere Naina Kyon Bhar Aaye" - Geet, 1970


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