Ahir Bhairav in Hindi Bollywood Films

Ahir Bhairav is one of the most widely used Indian Ragas in Bollywood Hindi Films. When I think about Ahir Bhairav in Hindi film, the song “Pucho Na Kaise Maine” by Manna Dey comes to mind. Ahir Bhairav is an early morning Raga and characterized by the use of Komol Re and Komol Ni. Interestingly the Tala of ther Raag Ahir Bhairav does not belong to any of the ten “thats” in Indian Classical.

Ahir Bhairav in Hindi Bollywood Films

Ahir Bhairav is one of the most widely used Indian Ragas in Bollywood Hindi Films. When I think about Ahir Bhairav in Hindi film, the song “Pucho Na Kaise Maine” by Manna Dey comes to mind. Ahir Bhairav is an early morning Raga and characterized by the use of Komol Re and Komol Ni. Interestingly the Tala of ther Raag Ahir Bhairav does not belong to any of the ten “thats” in Indian Classical. Be it S.D Barman, Laximant Pyarelal, Salil Chowdhuty or Bappi Lahidi – all used the Raga Abhir Bhairav in their films. As the Raga Ahir Bhairav is an Early Raga, the lyrics of the songs are often written with morning sequences in mind. Even the shooting of many of the songs show the clips of a “Sun rise”.
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Ahir Bhairav in Hindi Films:
1. Year 1975: Kalyanji Anandji were working on Hindi Film “Uljhan” starring Sanjeev Kumar, Asrani, Aruna Irani, Farida Jalal, Ashok Kumar in lead roles. The movie was directed by Raghunath Jhalani. Kalyanji-Anadji Appointed Kishore Kumar to sing “Aapne Jeevan Ke Ujan”. The songs was set in Ahir Bhairav.

Listen to “Aapne Jeevan Je Uljhan Ko” Online
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[ReviewAZON asin=”B000OE3DN8″ display=”inlinepost”]Apne Jeevan Ki Uljhan Ko
Kaise Mein Suljhavoon
Apne Jeevan Ki Uljhan Ko
Kaise Mein Suljhavoon
Apnon Ne Jo Dard Diye Hai
Kaise Main Batlaoon

Pyar Ke Vaade Ho Gaye Jhoote
Pyar Ke Vaade Ho Gaye Jhoote
Wafa Ke Bandan Tooteeee
Wafa Ke Bandan Toote
Ban Ke Jeevan Sathi Koi
Chain Mera Kyon Looteeee
Chain Mera Kyon Loote
Aise Jeevan Sathi Seeeeee
Aise Jeevan Sathi Se Main
Kaise Saath Nibhaoon
Apne Jeevan Ki Uljan Ko
Kaise Main Suljhavoon
Apnon Ne Jo Dard Diye Hai

Kaise Main Batlaoon
Kaise Kaise Bhed Chupayein
Kaise Kaise Bhed Chupayein
Haathon Ki Rekhayein
Haathon Ki Rekhayein
Koi Na Jaane Is Jeevan Ko
Yeh Kis Oar Le Jaayeeee
Yeh Kis Oar Le Jaaye
Padh Na Pavoon Lekh Vidhi Kaa
Padh Na Pavoon Lekh Vidhi Kaa
Pal Pal Mein Ghabraoon
Apne Jeevan Ki Uljhan Ko
Kaise Mein Suljhavoon
Apnon Ne Jo Dard Diye Hai
Kaise Main Batlaoon
Apne Jeevan Ki Uljhan Kooo

2. Year 1999, Music Director Ismail Darbar tuned the song “Albela Sajan Aayo Re” in Ahir Bhairav Raga. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was a great hit that featured Salman Khan, Aish and Ajay Devgan. The Movie was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Many considers the movie is still the best for Aishwarya Rai. You may be able to remember the picturization for the song where Aish is dancing during the early morning with the song “Albela Sajan” in the background. Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shankar Mahadevan, Sultan Khan were the playback singers for the besutiful Song.
Listen to “Albela Sajan in Ahir Bhaiv Raga” Online
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[ReviewAZON asin=”B000V79RBU” display=”inlinepost”]albela sajan aayo ri
mora hatwar sukar aayo ri
albela sajan aayo ri
albela albela albela
albela alebela albela

jyot purao magal gau
sanann saanan
jyot purao magal gau
man rang ish payo ri

3. Year 1984, Bappi Lahiri was having enormous success in Bollywood during that period and his success mostly came from his pops and beats. Disco Dancer, Dance Dance are some of his unique style of music. However, even Bappi Lahidi was not bad in using some of the Indian Ragas in his Songs. He was working on the film “Haisiyat”  direcrected by Narayana Rao Dasari which was a Hindi comedy film starring Jayaprada, Jeetendra, Pran, Kader Khan, shakti Kapoor and many more. Bappi Lahiri appointed Vani Jayaraman, Raj Babbar to sing “Dhire Shire Subha Huyi” set in Ahir Bhairav. Once again, notice the lyric of the song. Dhire Dhire Subha Huyi means “the morning is coming slowly”. So, not only the raga, the time signature of the Raga is also reflected in the famous song.
Listen to “Dhire Dhire Subha Huyi in Ahir Bhaiv Raga” Online
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[ReviewAZON asin=”B000V79R9C” display=”inlinepost”]dheere dheere subah hui jaag uthi zindagi
panchhi chale ambar ko ambar ko ambar ko
maajhi chale saagar ko saagar ko saagar ko
pyaar ka naam jeevan hai
manzil hai preetam ki gali

doob ke sooraj phir nikala
saare jahaan ko noor mila
dil ke dvaare tumako pukaare
ek nai zindagii, pyaar ka …

kiranon se daaman bhar lo
preet se tum tan man bhar lo
jisamein jitani pyaas jagi
utani hi preet milii, pyaar ka …

4.  Year 1994, The Bengali Legendary Music Diector Salil Chowdhury was doing music direction for the famous film “Swami Vivekananda”. He used Ahir Bhairav beautifully in the song ” Chalo Man” sung by Yesudas. The song is set in Keharba Tala.
Listen to “Chalo Man in Ahir Bhaiv Raga” Online
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5. Year 1982, Ajit Verman– the music director used Indian Raga Ahir Bhairav in the film Vijeta starring Sashi Kapoor, Rekha, Supriya Pathak, Amrish Puri in lead roles. The movie was directed by Govind Nihalani. Asha Bhonsle, Satyasheel Deshpande sung “Man Anand Anand Chhayo” in the film which became a hit instantly.
Listen to “Man Anand Anand Chhayo” in Ahir Bhaiv Raga” Online
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man aana.nd aana.nd chhaayo
miTyo gagan ghan a.ndhakaar
a.Nkhiyan me.n jab sUraj aayo
man aana.nd …

uThii kiraN kii lahar sunaharii
jaise paavan ga.ngaajal
arpaN ke pal har si.ngaar madhu
giit si.nduurii gaayo
man aana.nd …

aisii pii.D rahii man me.n to
asuvan haath bikaanii
aa.Nsuo.n se bhaye binasuuri (?)
rom rom muskaayo
man aana.nd …

maan sarovar magan kampan
nabhadarpan kii jhaa.nkii
taa me.n abikal adhakhul lochan
praaNaha.Ns utar aayo
man aana.nd …

6. Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar sung all different kinds of songs in their remarkable life. The Mangesgkar sister duo joins together to sing the song “Meri Veena Tum Bin Roye” for the movie “Dekh Kabira Roya” in 1957. Music Diector Madan Mohan beautifully used Raga Ahir Bhairav in the film. However, there are some mixing at the end. The movie was directed by Amiya Chakraborty.
Listen to “Meri Veena Tum Bin Roye” in Ahir Bhaiv Raga” Online
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7. Here comes one of the greatest hit of Manna Dey set in Indian Raga Ahir Bhairav – “Puchho na Kaise Maine Rain Bitai” from the blockbuster Hindi Bollywood film “[ReviewAZON asin=”B001NGQXA6″ display=”inlinepost”]” in 1963. S.D Barman – another legen from Bengal set the tune of the song for Manna Dey.

Listen to “Puccho Na Kaise Maine” in Ahir Bhaiv Raga” Online
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Poochho na kaise maine rain bitaai
Ik pal jaise, ik yug beeta – 2
Yug beete mohe neend na aayi
Poochho na kaise…

(Na kahi chanda, na kahi taare
Jyot ke pyaase mere, nain bichaare) – 2
Bhor bhi aas ki kiran na laayi
Poochho na kaise…

Ik jale deepak ik man mera mera man mera mera …
Ik jale deepak ik man mera
Phir bhi na jaaye mere ghar ka andhera
Tadpat tarsat umar gawaayi
Poochho na kaise…

8. Laxikant Pyarelal were not behind in using Indian Classical Raga Ahir Bhairav in their Hindi Songs. The set the song “Sola Baras Ki Baali Umar ko Salam ” in Ahir Bhairav for the movie “Ek Duje Ke Liye” in 1981.  The Film was directed by K. Balachandar and broght Kamal Hasan and Rati Agnihotri to fame. The movie is still considered to be one of the best romantic movies made in Bollywood.
Listen to “Sola Baras Ki Baali Umar Ko Salam” in Ahir Bhaiv Raga” Online
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Note: If you come across more songs set in Ahir Bhairav, please let us know and we will update the page accordingly.

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