Raag Bilaskhani Todi (or Raag Vilakshani Todi)

Swar Notations

Swaras Madhyam and Nishad Varjya in Aaroh. Pancham Varjya in Avroh. Rishabh, Gandhar, Dhaivat and Nishad Komal. Rest all Shuddha Swaras.
Jati Audhav - Sampurna Vakra
Thaat Bhairavi
Vadi/Samvadi Dhaivat/Gandhar
Time (9AM - 12PM): 2nd Prahar of the Day: Din ka Dwitiya Prahar
Vishranti Sthan S; g; P; d; - d; P; g; S;
Mukhya-Ang S r ,n ,d S ; S r g ; r g P ; P d n d ; d m g r ; g r S ;
Aaroh-Avroh S r g P d S' - S' r' n d ; P ; P d n d m g r ; r g r S ;

Raag Description: Raag Bilaskhani Todi is said to be created by Miya Tansen's son Bilas Khan and is named after him. This Raag belongs to Bhairavi Thaat. Raag Bhairavi and Raag Komal-Rishabh Asawari are nearest to Bilaskhani Todi. The Poorvang is Todi like. In this Raag Pancham is the Nyas Swar, however Pancham is skipped in Avroh, like S r g P ; P d P ; P d n d m g r ; r g r S ; .

Although Nishad is Varjya in Aaroh, it is sometimes used as Anuwadi Swar like: r' n S r' g' or r ,n S r. This is a Meend Pradhan Raag. The Gandhar used in this Raag is of lower Shruti as in Raag Todi. In this Raag, Shadj (Sa) is usually omitted in Avroh like: S' r' n d ; d S' r' g' r' n d ; g P d m g r ; g r ,n ,d S.

This is a very melodious but difficult Raag to sing and requires much Riyaaz. This Raag can be expanded in all the three octaves. The atmosphere created by this Raag is deep and soothing. Following are the illustrative combinations:

S r g P ; d m g r ; g r g r S ; r ,n ,d S ; S r g P ; d n d P ; g P d S' ; S' r' n d ; d S' r' ; r' n S' r' g' ; g' r' n d ; P d n d m ; g r ; g r S ;


Listen to Raag Bilaskhani Todi: These bandishen are composed by Acharya Vishwanath Rao Ringe 'Tanarang' and are published in his new book 'Acharya Tanarang Ki Bandishen Vol 2'. This book contains 405 Bandishen from 31 Raags and an Audio CD. To buy this book, please contact us.


1 Bada Khyal - Aaj Badhai Det
Taal - Ektal Vilambit
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
2 Bada Khyal - E Garib Nawaz
Taal - Tilwada
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
3 Bada Khyal - More Man Raam Biraje
Taal - Ektal Vilambit
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
4 Bada Khyal - Neeke Ghungharwa Bajat
Taal - Ektal Vilambit
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
5 Bada Khyal - Aakash Ravi Tapat
Taal - Jhaptal Madhya Lay
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
6 Sadra - Aaj Aanand Bhailawa
Taal - Jhaptal Vilambit
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
7 Chota Khyal - Bhed Vividh Naad Baran
Taal - Ektaal Drut
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
8 Chota Khyal - Laagi Laagi Tori Preet Tanarang
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
9 Chota Khyal - Kagawa Ja Re Ja Re Ja
Taal - Ektaal Drut
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
10 Chota Khyal - Sur Ki Sadhana Kar
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
11 Chota Khyal - Bake Piya Bedardi
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
12 Chota Khyal - Dore Dore Gare Laagat Tanarang
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
13 Chota Khyal - Madhur Murli Shyam Bajai
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
14 Chota Khyal - Shree Gopal Sumiran Kar Man
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
15 Tarana - Dir Dir Tanana Tanana Derena
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
16 Sargam - Ga Re Ga Sa Re Ga Pa
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe