I have heard Khan Saheb many times, but this small clip blows my mind… he is truly the most lyrical sitar player alive today.  I have heard few renditions of Bhairavi that are as deep as this two minute clip here.  I wish there was more of this concert posted on youtube, but this will have to do. I have had the amazingly fortunate opportunity to sit with Khan Saheb on stage a few times now, and I am constantly in awe and appreciation to know him and be in his presence.

More about the raga Bhairavi:

“Raag Bhairavi (Hindi: भैरबी) is a Hindustani Classical heptatonic (Sampurna) Raag of Bhairavi Thaat. Traditionally it is a morning raga. In modern times, at least in Khyal Gayaki, it is usually performed as the concluding (finale) piece in concerts. It is the defining raga of its own Thaat.” (

I read that Bade Ghulam Ali Khan has asserted that Bhairavi originated in the folk tunes of Iran.  I would love to know if anyone else knows more about this.

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