Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.

Raag Bihag

Bihag is a Hindustani classical raga.


Writing about the musical theory of Indian classical music is fraught with complications. First of all, there have been no set, formal methods of written notation. Indian music is an aural tradition, and therefore writing is not an essential part of attaining talim (knowledge).

Arohana and Avarohana


    ‘Ni Sa Ga ma Pa Ni Sa’


    Sa’ Ni (Dha) Pa Ma Pa Ga ma Ga Re Sa

Vadi and Samavadi


    The Vadi note is Ga.


    The Samavadi note is Ni.

Pakad or Chalan

Bihag uses both shuddha Ma (ma) and teevra Ma (Ma).

    It has the pakad Pa Ma Pa Ga ma Ga.

Both R and D are never used in ascent, but always on the way down. That is,

    Pa Ni Dha Pa Ma Pa Ga ma Ga Re Sa


    Ni Sa Ni Dha Pa Ma Pa Ga ma Ga Re Sa

Organization and relationships

Related ragas: Maru Bihag, Bihagra.

Bihag is usually assigned to the Thaat Bilaval, but if Teevra Madhyam is given more importance, Bihag seems to be more akin to Kalyan Thaat.


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.

Samay (Time)

Bihag is played in the night (second quarter of night).


Certain ragas have seasonal associations.

Songs based on Raag Bihag:

  • Koi gata, main so jata – Alaap
  • Banke chakori gori, jhum jhum nachegi
  • Tere sur aur mere geet – Goonj Uthi Shahanai
  • Tere pyar men dildar – Mere Mehboob
  • Bole re surili boliyan – Grih  Pravesh 
  • Tum murli madhur bajao
  • Ai dil beqarar jhum – Shah Jahan
  • Hamare dilse na jana, dhokha na khana – Udan Khatola 
  • Chalenge tir jab dil par – Kohinoor
  • Zindagi ke safar men gujar jate hain jo makam – Aap Ki Kasam
  • Pal bhar ki pahechan aapse – A non-film song by Manna Day
  • Yeh kya jagah hai doston – Umrao Jaan
  • Meri ladli re, meri ladli – Andaaz(old)

Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Sahib Raag Bihag

Zindagi Ke Safar Mein Guzar Jaate Hain Jo Muqaam

Tere sur aur mere geet – Lata Mangeshkar

Film Uran Khatola – Hamare Dil Se Na Jana Dhoka Na Khana


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on March 14, 2013 by in Uncategorized.
%d bloggers like this: