Raag Bhoopali

Swar Notations

Swaras Madhyam and Nishad forbidden (varjya). Rest All Shuddha Swaras.
Jati Audhav-Audhav
Thaat Kalyan
Vadi/Samvadi Gandhar/Dhaivat
Time (6 PM - 9 PM): 1st Prahar of the night: Ratri ka Pratham Prahar: Sandhi Prakash Time
Vishranti Sthan S; R; G; P; - P; G; R; S;
Mukhya-Ang G R G; P G; D P; S' D P G; P G R G; G R S;  
Aaroh-Avroh S R G P D S' - S' D P G R S R ,D S;  

Raag Description: It is a tranquil soft melody that fills up a new life force in the environment with the dominant Gandhar strengthened by the Swayambhu Gandhar (Consonent longitudinal vibrations) from the Kharja tonic of the drone (Tanpura). This Raag belongs to Kalyan Thaat. This Raag is also known as Raag Bhoop.

In Raag Bhoopali, one should be very careful not to use Dhaivat as a resting note and not give much prominence to Dhaivat, otherwise Raag Deshkar will come into existence which has the same set of Notes as Raag Bhoopali. While taking a Meend from Shadj to Dhaivat or from Pancham to Gandhar, one should be very careful about not using Nishad and Madhyam respectively as a Kan-Swar, otherwise Raag Shuddha-Kalyan will come into existence. Gandhar-Dhaivat Sangati is very important in Bhoopali and Rishabh is the Nyas Swar.

This Raag is popular as Raag Mohan in Carnatic Music. This is a Poorvang Pradhan Raag and is mostly sung in Madhya and Mandra octaves. It creates a deep and soothing atmosphere. The following illustrative combinations clearly bring out the melodic format:

S ; S ,D S R G ; R G S R ,D S ; S R G P ; P G R G ; R P G ; G S R ; R ,D S ; G R G ; P G ; P D P P ; D P ; G P R G R S ,D S ; S R G R G P D S' ; P D P S' ; S' S' ; R' S' D S' ; D S' R' G' R' S' ; D S' D P G R G ; P R G R S ; R ,D S ;


Listen to Raag Bhoopali: Following bandishen are taken from the book "Acharya Tanarang Ki Bandishen Vol I" written by Acharya Vishwanath Rao Ringe 'Tanarang'. The book contains 285 Bandishen from 31 Raags and an Audio CD. For more information on the book, please click here. To buy the book, please contact us.


1 Bada Khyal - Eri Aaj Rang Chayo Ri
Taal - Ektal Vilambit
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
2 Bada Khyal - Deepawali Aai Bhar Umang Sukh Laayi
Taal - Jhaptal Madhya Lay
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
3 Chota Khyal - Madhur Sur Bansi Baji Baji Re
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
4 Chota Khyal - Sehra Goondh Lao Malaniyan
Taal - Ektal Drut
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
5 Chota Khyal - Kahe Karat Barjori
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
6 Chota Khyal - Bar Bar Samjhay Rahyo Man
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
7 Chota Khyal - Jayti Vijay Kamla Bhavani
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
8 Chota Khyal - Jeevan Ab Thodo Raho Thodo
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
9 Sargam - Sa Dha Sa Re Pa Ga
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe