Raag Kafi

Swar Notations

Swaras Gandhar and Nishad Komal. Rest all Shuddha Swaras.
Jati Sampurna-Sampurna
Thaat Kafi
Vadi/Samvadi Pancham/Shadj
Time (9 PM - 12 Night): 2nd Prahar of the Night: Ratri ka Dwitiya Prahar
Vishranti Sthan S P - S' P R
Mukhya-Ang g R ; m P ; m P D P ; D n S' ; n D P
Aaroh-Avroh S R g m P D n S' - S' n D P m g R S

Raag Description: This is also referred to as the Bhairavi of night. Both Shuddha Nishad & Gandhar are occasionally used. The atmosphere created is most suitable for both types of Shringar (Separation & Union) and hence many Thumri & Hori compositions are sung in this Raag. The following illustrations are very helpful in heightening the impact of this sweet melody:

DP mP mP g R ; Rg mP Rg R ; n D P m g R ; n D ; m P D n P D S' ; S' n D P M P D P g R ; P m g R m g R S;


Listen to Raag Kafi: 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 Sadra - Mori Binti Maan Le
Taal - Jhaptal Vilambit
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
2 Thumri - Jhulat Nand Kishor Gopi Sang
Taal - Trital Madhya Lay
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
3 Hori - Khelat Aaj Mose Hori
Taal - Trital Madhya Lay
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
4 Chota Khyal - Madhu Bansuri Neeki Bajayi
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
5 Hori - Murli Mukh Par Biraje
Taal - Ektal Drut
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
6 Chota Khyal - Nithuwa Mane Nahi Aaj Sakhi
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
7 Chota Khyal - Phooli Raat Rani Madbhari
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe
8 Sargam - Ga Re Ni Sa Re Ga Sa Re Pa
Taal - Trital
Singer - Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe