Ragas : Bhupali

updated on Jun 15, 2011

Raga Bhupali, is a pentatonic raga, which skips the Ma and Ni notes completely. It is an evening raga and is associated with melancholy mood. The raga is very often confused with raga Desakara, since both of them use the same notes. However, the latter tends to use the upper scales, where as Bhupali is played more on the lower notes. As someone has said about raga Bhupali - "its notes seem to linger in the air long after the singing has stopped"

Other Ragas in Thaat Kalyan:

Moods: Bhakti, Shringar

Aaroha:   S  R  G  P  D  S'
Avaroha:  S'  D  P  G  R  S
Pakad:    S  G  R  S  'D  S  R  G
Thaat:     Kalyan
Prahar:    Late evening

Some further chalans (elaborations of pakad) are:
1. S R G R S 'D S R G
2. S R G R S 'D 'P
3. 'P 'D S R G R G
4. S R P G
5. G R S R G P
6. G P D P D D S'
7. P G P D P D S' R' G' R' G'
8. G' R' S' D P G R S

Introduction to Raga Bhupali

Raag Bhopali in Harmonium by Pt.Kishore Banerjee - Part 1
Raag Bhopali in Harmonium by Pt.Kishore Banerjee - Part 2


Pandit Hariprasad and Pandit Shiv Kumar - Jugalbandi
Pt.Hariprasad Chaurasia (bansuri)
Ustad Fateh Ali Khan-raag Bhopali


Duniya kisi ke pyaar main - MH
Hey Govind, Hey Gopal, Hey Dayaal naath (Dadra) - JS
Tum naa maano magar - PU
Mana ke musht-e-khak se badhkar nahin hun main - JS

Hindi Songs

Dil hun hun kare, ghabraye (Keherva) - Lata - Hazarika - Rudali (some classify as Deshkar)
Neele gagan ke tale, dharti ka pyar mile - Mahendra - Ravi - Humraaz (some classify as Bhimpalasi)
Panchhi banu udti firun mast gagan men - Lata - SJ - Chori Chori
Yeh hava...yeh phiza...aa bhi jaa - Mahendra Kapoor - Ravi - Gumraah
Sayonara, Sayonara - Lata - SJ - Love in tokyo (some classify as Deshkar)
Chanda hai tu, mera suraj hai tu (Dadra) - Lata - SDB - Aradhana (only slightly Bhupali)
Dekha ek khvab to yeh silsile hue - Lata - ShivHari - Silsila
In ankhonki mastike mastane hazaron hai (Keherva) - Asha - Khayyam - Umrao Jaan
Pankh hote to ud ati re - Lata - Ramlal - Sehraa
Luka chhupi - Rang De Basanti
Beete huye lamho ke kasak - Nikah
Sansaarki har shay ka - Dhoond
Jyoti kalash chhalake - Bhabhi Ki Chudiyan
Jab nil gagan ki chhaonmen - Amrapali
Achyutam keshavam ram narayanam 
Sanvare rang rachi - Meera Bhajan
Jaun tore charan kamal par vari - Sur Sangam
Om namah shivay - Bhairavi
Ham tum se na kuchh kah paaye, tum ham se na kuchh kah paaaye - Ziddi
Falsafa pyar ka - Duniya



  1. on May 12, 2017 05:05 PM by  Bhargav

    Acchyutam keshavam also has ma and ni. Still will it be counted as Bhupali?

  2. on Oct 17, 2016 05:10 PM by  Mitali

    Thank you so much for sharing the info. The more I learn the more I feel is yet to be learnt. I learnt Bhupali sometimes back, but I am unable to identify a song by mere listening to it. I know it's very difficult but I Wish to get into it. Is listening to the not so Bhupali songs a wise idea to understand it.

  3. on Jul 13, 2016 11:07 PM by  Anon

    Because there is no thaat as bhupali

  4. on Feb 15, 2016 07:02 AM by  Mahesh Patil

    you said Bhupali raag is Thaat Kalyan . why Bhupali raag is not in ThaatBilawal

  5. on Jan 14, 2016 06:01 PM by  Emilie


    I have a question about a raga that I was taught in Bhagsu once, I hope you can help me. I know the chance is very slim, but I would love to figure out which raga it's based on, and what the lyrics mean (I only know what some of the lines mean).

    The lyrics go something like
    Sumirana kare mana
    Rama nama ko
    Sakala ka jai ho
    Purana mana ko
    Kaliyuga me hai basa
    Rama nama hai
    Urana dujo
    Koi kama ko
    (my spelling is probably off, but I hope you get the jist)

    With hopes,


  6. on Jul 06, 2015 03:07 AM by  mannoranjan baruah

    It was really helpful for those who are learning classiCal music

  7. on Dec 22, 2014 06:12 AM by  Rajish

    Is the Hey Govind Hey Gopaal by Ajoy Chakraborthy also in Bhupali?
    Thank you for a very informative web page.

  8. on Jun 13, 2014 10:06 PM by  n

    sir.thnx for revealing this info wid us freely..include more raagas.and xpllain us more about it what are its khubiya and typicals in it.in d introduction.thnk u once agen

  9. on May 17, 2014 02:05 AM by  Amit

    Is Bhupen Hazarika's Ganga behti ho kyun also Bhupali?

  10. on Jan 08, 2014 11:01 PM by  ash

    lukka chuppi is bhoopali? The song has Ma and Ni in copious amounts

  11. on Dec 14, 2013 06:12 AM by  Akshay

    hey can tell me the taans and your favorite bandish of this raag i want to learn didnt find any. I only need the notation rest i can practice preferably in teen taal or jhap taal.

  12. on Nov 25, 2013 04:11 PM by  gp65

    Chintan, you ask "what is P1 and D1???

    It is not P1 and D1. P is Pancham, D is Dhaivat. 'P is mandra Pancham, P is madhya Pancham and P' Is Taar Pancham. Mandra, madhya and taar are saptak in which the note is sung.

  13. on Nov 25, 2013 04:11 PM by  gp65

    Shubham Saagar ji, you ask "Totall thaat kitni hoti hai plz mujhe bataye"
    Totally there are 10 thaat

    1) Bilawal All notes are shuddha
    2) Kalyan Madhyam is teevra rest all notes shuddha
    3) Khamaj It has both shuddha and teevra Nishaad
    4) Kafi Gandhar and Nishaad are komal rest all shuddha
    5) Bhairav Rishabh and Bhairav are komal rest all shuddha
    6) Maarva Rishabh komal, Madhyam teevra, rest all shuddha
    7) Poorvi Rishabh and Dhaivat komal, Madhyam teevra, rest all shuddha
    8) Todi Rishabh, Gandhar, Dhaivat komal, madhyam teevra
    9) Asavari Gandhar, Dhaivat Nishaad komal
    9) Bhairavi Rishabh, Gandhar, Dhaivat and Nishaad Komal.

  14. on Nov 25, 2013 04:11 PM by  gp65

    You ask "Isn't Bhupali a Bilawal Thaat as Kalyan has a tivra Ma?" This is a very natural question. Theoretically it could have been Bilawal Thaat or Kalyan thaat because you cannot tell whether the varjya Ma is tivra or shuddha. Interestingly, Deshkaar which has the same notes as Bhupali is classified as belonging to Bilawal whereas Bhupali is classified as part of Kalyan thaat.

  15. on Nov 25, 2013 04:11 PM by  gp65

    Bhupali and Deshkar have the same notes Sa Re Gap Pa Dha Sa. and Ma Ni are barjya. So sometimes people misclassify a song in Bhpali as Deshkar or vice versa.

    It is impossible to classify a bhupali song a Bhimpalasi because Bhimpalasi has komal Nishad which is varjya in Bhupali and furthermore it has Komal gandhaar while Bhupali has Shuddha gandhaar.

  16. on Oct 21, 2013 11:10 AM by  Louise

    Isn't Bhupali a Bilawal Thaat as Kalyan has a tivra Ma?

  17. on Apr 13, 2013 03:04 AM by  Ramesh

    I liked the mention of the pakad. Not many web sites seem to mention pakad, and chalans. Are there more than pakads for Bhopali? Or, is that question answered through multiple chalans?

  18. on Apr 13, 2013 12:04 AM by  Sudeshna Acharyya

    Happy to know this. Thanks for this information. Keep going and best of luck!

  19. on Dec 10, 2012 06:12 AM by  Siddiya

    Hari om Great to here the all combination in raga bhopali i feel that i am lucky thanks

  20. on Dec 10, 2012 02:12 AM by  majid khan

    shukriya for this most important knowledge.

  21. on Oct 22, 2012 09:10 PM by  Shubham sagar

    Totall thaat kitni hoti hai plz mujhe bataye

  22. on Sep 28, 2012 05:09 AM by  shrikrushna

    plz give Notation of harmonium..

  23. on Sep 26, 2012 02:09 AM by  rakesh

    koi sikhna chahe to me sikhaunga baddi barotiwala himachal pardesh me

  24. on Aug 24, 2012 09:08 PM by  n.Ramesh

    Very informative, especially for those who are beginners and want to understand the intricacies of various raagas

  25. on Jun 06, 2012 09:06 AM by  ad

    plz send harmonium notion of hey govind hey gopal by js

  26. on Mar 29, 2012 11:03 PM by  Ajay

    P1 and D1 are the lower octaves. Have changed it 'P and 'D to be in sync with the other notations.

  27. on Mar 28, 2012 09:03 AM by  Loretta

    What a cool blog!

  28. on Mar 24, 2012 02:03 PM by  Chintan

    what is P1 and D1???

  29. on Dec 26, 2011 02:12 AM by  nitesh

    raaga jo vi ho gana raaga mehi gaana chahiye

  30. on Sep 11, 2011 12:09 AM by  Affolocex

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  31. on Jul 22, 2011 06:07 AM by  Ellie

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