Best Bollywood Songs in Raag Bhairavi

Best of Bollywood in Raag Bhairavi

Raag BHAIRAVI has given some great gems to Bollywood

Raag Bhairavi is one of the most popular raagas among music composers of Bollywood. From fifties to early seventies, there were a large number of great masterpieces composed based on this raag. There are some which are a purist's delight as they confirm closely to the rules of the rhythm, whereas there are some that went on to occupy a very high place on the popularity charts for one reason or the other.

Here is a list of ten songs that may not be the purist's delight, but are some of the best in the musical universe of Bollywood. These are great not because they confirm to the rules of the classical music or because they topped the charts of popularity. .... They are great because they touch our hearts and let our souls be submerged through the musical melody into the emotions and sentiments that flow from it.....

movie: AMAR PREM (1972)

A great number by Kishore Kumar
A great number by Kishore Kumar

Chingari koi bhadke ....

An extraordinary number from one of the greatest Bollywood movies of all time. It is based on Raag Bhairavi (Tal Kaherva), though not exactly in the classical mould. It is one of the songs that catapulted Kishore Kumar (singer) - R D Burman (music composer) combination as one of the top musical draws of Bollywood. The touching lyrics of this number were written by Anand Bakhshi. On screen presence of Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Toagore fully complement the excellent music. Together, they make that musical composition which one can't create - which just created... almost as if by accident !

movie: MELA (1948)

An eternal classic number by Mohammad Rafi
An eternal classic number by Mohammad Rafi

Yeh zindagi ke mele .....

One of the great musical numbers from the Bollywood of nineteen forties, this song marked the arrival of Mohammad Rafi, destined to be one of the greatest ever singers of Bollywood. It is based on Raag Bhairavi (Tal Dadra) and sung to perfection by Rafi. It belonged to the days when lyrics were written before the music was composed. In this case, lyrics were written by Shakeel Badayuni and the music was composed by Naushad. This song was one of those that heralded the golden era of Bollywood music. Also a great piece of civilizational philosphy that reminds us about our real existence.

movie: TEESRI KASAM (1966)

A touching number from Mukesh
A touching number from Mukesh

Duniya banane wale kya tere man mein samayee ...

This is a song which is as touching and sad in its musical format as it was in real life. The movie TEESRI KASAM, for which it was composed in Raag Bhairavi (Tal Kaherva) by Shankar Jaikishan, was produced by famous lyricist Shailendra (who also wrote the lyrics of many songs of this movie, but this song was written by Hasrat Jaipuri with whom he wrote in many Raj Kapoor films). Sung by Mukesh, this number is an eternal classic, as was also the movie. However, in spite of being an artisitic masterpiece, the movie flopped on the Box Office, taking down with it, the financial forthunes of Shailendra. It was a shock from which he could never recover.

movie: GAMBLER (1971)

A great number by Kishore Kumar
A great number by Kishore Kumar

Dil aaj shayar hai ....

Not all know that for over two decades, Kishore Kumar used to sing mainly for Dev Anand in movies produced by Navketan Studios.It was only in the late sixties, with the advent of Rajesh Khanna on the screen that suddenly his fortunes begin to change. Nevertheless he was always a favourite of S D Burman, who composed the music of this number based on Raag Bhairavi (Tal Dadra). The lyrics written by Neeraj were equally poetic, and the number remains one of the best ever sung by Kishore.

movie: BHAROSA (1963)

A heart touching number by Mohammad Rafi
A heart touching number by Mohammad Rafi

Is bhari duniya mein koi bhi ....

Another eternal Bollywood classic, based on Raag Bhairavi (Tal Dadra). It is one of the most touching sad songs (and there are quite a number of such memorable numbers) sung by Mohammad Rafi. The poetic brilliance that the lyrics of Rajinder Krishan have combines with the music composed by Ravi to create a great expression of loneliness and longingness that follows a loss of one's love. It was made for a movie that was one of the few with Gurudutt as an actor (not director or producer). An eternal gem.

movie: BARSAAT (1949)

A great classical number by Mukesh and Lata
A great classical number by Mukesh and Lata

Chhod gaye balam ....

This movie is one of the important milestones of Bollywood. It established RK Studios as one of the successful studios of the time, firmed up the pair of Raj Kapoor and Nargis as a favourite of the masses and also gave the RK Studios its banner. In more ways than one, it contributed to a new era of Bollywood, just after independence, and in particular, one that would be considered the best ever for Bollywood music. This song, based on Raag Bhairavi (Tal Kaherva) was composed by Shankar Jaikishan, written by Shailendra and sung by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar - a team that went on to create many more gems of Bollywood music.

movie: TERE MERE SAPNE (1971)

A melodious number by Lata Mangeshkar
A melodious number by Lata Mangeshkar

Jaise Radha ne mala japi ...

This piece of melodious music is composed based on Raag Bhairavi (Tal Hinch), by S D Burman, its poetic lyrics created by Gopal Das Neeraj and it is sung by Lata Mangeshkar, the most melodious voice of Bollywood. Together, they create a magic that makes you belong to a different world. It is Raag Bhairavi at its innovative and artisitc best. It is also a number that depicts the transforming nature of Bollywood music in early seventies, a trend that was carried further by R D Burman and subsequently, many other masters.

movie: MAYA (1961)

A very touching number by Lata Mangeshkar
A very touching number by Lata Mangeshkar

Jaa re ud ja re panchhi ....

This great song is another example of the versatility that is inherited in Raag Bhairavi, making it such a popular choice among Bollywood composers. As much as this song is based on Raag Bhairavi (Tal Kaherva), it also has the stamp of Salil Chaudhary all over its notes. This movie had some great music composed by Salil Chaudhary, though his best was still yet to come. Lata Mangeshkar's voice at this point was probably at its all time peak and the lyrics of Majrooh Sultanpuri do full justic to the great Raag Bhairavi on which this number is created.

movie: DAAG (1952)

A very famous number by Talat Mehmood
A very famous number by Talat Mehmood

Ae mere dil kahin aur chal .....

One of the best songs sung by Talat Mehmood, a great singer of Bollywood. Its rich musical aura is derived from Raag Bhairavi (Tal Kaherva) on which it is based. Together, they create an expression of disillusionment wih surroundings that most of us can all identify very easily, having experienced the same in our life. Its poetic lyrics were written by Shailendra and its great music composed by Shankar Jaikishan. It remains one of the classics with which Talat Mehmood is identified till date.

movie: GOONJ UTHI SHEHNAI (1959)

Another touching number by Lata Mangeshkar
Another touching number by Lata Mangeshkar

Dil ka khilauna hai toot gaya ....

This number is a great example how classical raagas have been utilized by Bollywood musicians to create unforgettable musical masterpieces. Vasant Desai has made greart use of Raag Bhairavi (Tal Kaherva) in this number to create sheer musical magic, while the lyrics written by Bharat Vyas justify the mood created by it. Loss is an abstract emotion, which words, however good they be, will always struggle to express. With music and contextual screenplay, the song makes it look so real ! The voice of Lata Mangeshkar givs it an everlasting character.

© 2012 V Kumar

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chander mehra 4 years ago from Delhi

Wealth of information about Hindi film music. Congratulations.


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V Kumar 4 years ago Author

Thanks so much for the encouraging words.


menuka kikash 3 years ago

its good to know that there are people like u with great thinking..........


Saad 15 months ago

Dunya banany waale is written by Majrooh SultanPuri. It is a song which was written on demand of Raj Kapoor keeping in view the financial crises of Majrooh SultanPuri.


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V Kumar 15 months ago Author

The song Duniya banana wale is credited in most places to Hasrat Jaipuri, with whom Shailendra often wrote for RK movies till 1971. In some places credit is given to Shailendra for this song, but going by the majority view, I have made the correction. Thanks for pointing the error, even though it was not Majrooh, as per the records. If it was indeed Majrooh and you can provide some reliable evidence for that, please do, as that would be interesting to know.

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