Ideal mood is solemn peacefulness. It is very easy, however, for this scale to deteriorate from majestically peaceful to pathetically melodramatic, and artists must watch out for that. Probably, it was Pundit Vilayat Khan who once described Raag Bhairav as the music in the mind of Lord Shiva as he meditated in the Himalayas. Bhairav is one of the names of Lord Shiva. It can be depicted as the masculine form of Bhairavi. In this form, Shiva is portrayed to be very powerful as a naked ascetic with matted locks and body smeared with ashes. And the Raag Bhairav also shows similar characteristics in composition and tone. Picture Shiva, absorbed in the deepest meditation in a dark cave in the Himalayas. Everything is still, except for the occasional dripping of a stalagtite. Then dawn breaks and the first rays of sunlight penetrate into the cave. This raag captures music in the mind of this passionate man at that time in his state of perfect peacefulness.
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