V Kumar has been writing on Bollywood movies and music for several years, highlighting perspectives that are often missed out or ignored.
Classical Bollywood Songs in Raag Bhairavi
Best Classical Songs in Raag Bhairavi
Bhairavi is one of the most popular and commonly used Raagas in Bollywood music. Some of the best compositions of Bollywood based on Hindustani Classical are in Bhairavi, whose simple yet highly appealing melody has been the base for many a great numbers. Bhairavi is equally popular in songs based on hard core classical as well as popular compositions that do not look even remotely connected with anything classical.
Bhairavi was one of the raagas that can be credited with making classical music popular in Bollywood. With some great musical gems by singers like K L Saigal, Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar, Bhairavi has been the first choice for those wanting to use Hindustani Classical music for composing Bollywood music.
Here are the best ten classical songs of Bollywood based on Raag Bhairavi. Many of them, if not all, are among the best classical songs ever heard in Bollywood's history. Perhaps, a collection that you may not want to miss ....
movie: DIL HI TO HAI (1963)
Laga chunari mein daag ......
Composed in Raag BHAIRAVI, it is one of the greatest classical songs ever heard in the seven decade history of Bollywood. Sung by Mannade, without doubt one of the best exponents of classical music in Bollywood, with extreme precision without violating the raag, even while incorporating enough of his own innovations and variations to make it overshadow other ordinary compositions. The number has nice lyrics, written by Sahir Ludhianwi and its great music is composed by Roshan. This number will remain a perennial delight for all connoisseurs of classical Bollywood music.
movie: BAIJU BAWRA (1952)
Tu Ganga ki mauj mein jamuna ka tara .....
This great number, based on Raag Bhairavi (Tal Dadra), is almost sung to perfection by Mohammed Rafi, one of the greatest singers of Bollywood. The music of this melodious number was composed by Naushad, another all time great, while its lyrics were written by Shakeel Badayuni. This movie was one of the earliest in a long tradition of musical movies based on Hindustani classical music, which heralded a golden era of Bollywood music overshadowing other forms of popular music in India.
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movie: MANZIL (1960)
Hato kahe ko jhoothi banao batiyan....
This is an unexpected masterpiece of classical music, again in Raag Bhairavi. Tal varies between Dadra and Teental. Composed by the great S D Burman primarily as a lighthearted number with a touch of comedy, its composition is extraordinary in spite of the variations and a touch of fun with rhythms. It also stamps the greatness of Mannade, who was probably not always held in the same esteem that he deserved to be in. Its lyrics were written by Majrooh Sulatnpuri.
movie: EK HI RASTA (1956)
Chali gori pee ke milan ko chali...
This is one of the simplest but most melodious pieces of Bollywood in Raag Bhairavi. This number has a characteristic touch of Hemant Kumar, who is both the singer as well as the composer of its music, based on Raag Bhairavi (Tal Kaherva). The sweet voice of Hemant Kumar is fully complimented by the lyrics of Majrooh Sultanpuri. The number, a classical gem, also fits very well with the dancing performance of Meena Kumari.
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movie: SHAHJEHAN (1946)
Jab dil hi toot gaya....
K L Sehgal can be very easily credited as being the singer who popularised Raag Bhairavi in Bollywood. This number is among many of his masterpieces based on this Raag, and the popularity of those numbers, unmatched during the forties, was probably one of the greatest factors that made Raag Bhairavi so popular during the next two decades. This eternal classic number was a result of music composed by the great Naushad and lyrics written by Majrooh Sultanpuri.
movie: DEVTA (1956)
Kaise aaoon jamuna ke teer....
.This is a great classical song in the typical mould of semi-classical singing, to the extent that it hardly looks like a Bollywood number. Its melodious composition is credited to C Ramachandra and the sweet voice singing it belongs to the great living legend of Bollywood, Lata Mangeshkar. The beautiful lyrics were written by Rajendra Krishan. Another example of great use of Raag Bhairavi in Bollywood. Tal is Kaherva.
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movie: MERI SURAT TERI AANKHEN (1963)
Naache man mora magan .....
Another great rendition from Mohammad Rafi, in a movie that was another important landmark for classical music in Bollywood. The music of this all time great number, based on Raag Bhairavi (tal is teentaal/kaherva), is composed by S D Burman, arguably the greatest ever music composer of Bollywood. Another example of popularity of Bhairavi among great music composers of the time.This movie had classical music as its underlying theme. The lyrics are written by Shailendra.
movie: SURAJ (1966)
Kaise samjhaaoon badi nasamajh ho ....
Everything about this number is classical, even though the number itself may not exactly be a purist's classical delight. This extremely live duet, based on Raag Bhairavi (Tal Kaherva), is an example of great versatile talent of two of the greatest singers of Bollywood, Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle. The melodious music was composed by Shankar Jaikishan and lyrics written by great Shailendra.
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movie: AMAR (1954)
Insaaf ka mandir hai yeh ...
This great number is not just a near perfect rendition of a song based on Hindustani classical music, but also one that conveys a lot of messages and philosophy, making a very effective use of classical compositions. Based on Raag BHAIRAVI, it is sung by Mohammed Rafi, and is an explanation of why Rafi is so often considered as the greatest ever singer of Bollywood . The melodious music of this number was composed by Naushad while the lyrics were written by Shakeel Badayuni.
movie: DOOJ KA CHAND (1964)
Phool gendwa na maro ......
Another example of Mannade's flirts with classical music or more particularly, with Raag Bhairavi, and as in all his endeavours, he proves his mastery of the art of classical music, even in Bollywood .... or perhaps one can say ... because of Bollywood. This number is an eternal favourite of classical connoisseurs and students of Hindustani Classical and Semi-Classical music. Mannade's singing is efffectively complemented by some great musical composition of Roshan and the lyrics of Sahir Ludhianwi.
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© 2012 V Kumar
V Kumar (author) on September 02, 2012:
You are right. I have corrected the error now. Thanks for pointing out.
gumsum70000 on September 01, 2012:
Though I found little or no errors in facts in your posts, but there is one.
Great song Tu Ganga ki Mauj is penned down by Shakeel Badayni not Sahir Ludhianvi, as mentioned by you.
B Murthy on August 10, 2012:
A better representative for Saigal is of course the Street Singer masterpiece 'babul mora naihar chhooto hi jaaye'.