Bhairavi makes use of all the komal swars, Rishabh, Gandhar, Dhaivat, Nishad. When singing
compositions in Bhairavi raag, the singers however take liberty to use all the 12 swars.
raag is names after the shakti or feminine aspect of the cosmic life force, which
personified as a consort to Lord Shiva. Bhairavi is a powerful raag filled with devotion and
compassion. Bhairavi is actually performed early in the morning in a peaceful, serious and
ocassionally sad mood. Traditionally it is rendered as the last item of a program, for its
fullness of sentiments as well as its wide scope of the tonal combinations. Pictorially,
represented in female form, as the wife of Bhairav.