Indian Film Songs in Abheri / Bhimpalasi

Indian Film Songs in Abheri / Bhimpalasi

Abheri is a raga (musical scale) in Carnatic music (South Indian classical music). It is a Janya raga (derived scale), whose Melakarta raga (parent, also known as janaka) is Kharaharapriya, 22nd in the 72 Melakarta raga system.

Its ārohaṇa-avarohaṇa structure (ascending and descending scale) is as follows (see swaras in Carnatic music for details on below notation and terms):

ārohaṇa : S G2 M1 P N2 S
avarohaṇa : S N2 D2 P M1 G2 R2 S

(Chathusruthi Rishabham, Sadharana Gandharam, Suddha Madhyamam, Chathusruthi Dhaivatham, Kaisiki Nishadham)

In addition to these swaras, there are gamakas which also form part of Abheri, like any other raga in Carnatic music.

The ascending scale is same as that of Udayaravichandrika raga (also known as Shuddha Dhanyasi), while the descending scale is that of Kharaharapriya raga.

There are some differing views on swaras in the scale of Abheri. It is considered a Bhashanga raga (scale has an anya swara, that is, a note which is not in the parent melakarta raga, in this case Kharaharapriya raga), with introduction of Suddha Dhiavatham (D1) in some phrases of the raga. A different view is that this raga is a janya of Natabhairavi (which has D1, suddha dhaivatham, in place of D2), with D2 being the anya swara (external note).

Bhimpalasi (or Bheemplas) of Hindustani music sounds pretty close to Abheri.

(Source: wikipedia – abheri | bhimpalasi)

Songs List
A short list of film songs that are predominantly in Ragam Abheri / Raag Bhimpalasi (click on the images below to view the songs):

Beena Madhur Madhur Kachhu Bol, Ram Rajya (Hindi)
Beena Madhur Madhur Kachhu Bol (Hindi)
Film: Ram Rajya
Language: Hindi
Singer(s): Saraswati Rane
Music Director: Shankar Rao Vyas
Year: 1943
Vaaraai Nee Vaarai, Mandiri Kumari (Tamil)
Vaaraai Nee Vaarai (Tamil)
Film: Mandiri Kumari
Language: Tamil
Singer(s): Thiruchi Loganadan, Jikki
Music Director: G.Ramanathan
Year: 1950
Aye ri Main to Prem Diwani, Nau Bahar (Hindi)
Aye ri Main to Prem Diwani (Hindi)
Film: Nau Bahar
Language: Hindi
Singer(s): Lata Mangeshkar
Music Director: Roshan Lal
Year: 1952
Aa Neele Gagan Tale, Badshah (Hindi)
Aa Neele Gagan Tale (Hindi)
Film: Badshah
Language: Hindi
Singer(s): Hemant Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Music Director: Shankar Jaikishan
Year: 1954
Tere Sadke Balam, Amar (Hindi)
Tere Sadke Balam (Hindi)
Film: Amar
Language: Hindi
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Year: 1954
Ravoyi Chandamama, Missamma (Telugu)
Ravoyi Chandamama (Telugu)
Film: Missamma
Language: Telugu
Singer(s): A.M.Raja, P.Leela
Music Director: Saluri Rajeswara Rao
Year: 1955
Poova Maramum Poothadu, Naan Petra Selvam (Tamil)
Poova Maramum Poothadu (Tamil)
Film: Naan Petra Selvam
Language: Tamil
Singer(s): T.M.Soundararajan, Jikki
Music Director: G.Ramanathan
Year: 1956
Neevena Nanu Pilachinadi, Mayabazar (Telugu)
Neevena Nanu Pilachinadi (Telugu)
Film: Mayabazar
Language: Telugu
Singer(s): Ghantasala, P.Leela
Music Director(s): Ghantasala, Saluri Rajeswara Rao
Year: 1957
Kannile Irupathenna, Ambikapathi (Tamil)
Kannile Irupathenna (Tamil)
Film: Ambikapathi
Language: Tamil
Singer: P.Bhanumathi
Music Director: G.Ramanathan
Year: 1957
Kannile Irupathenna, Ambikapathi (Tamil)
Kannile Irupathenna (Tamil)
Film: Ambikapathi
Language: Tamil
Singer: T.M.Soundararajan
Music Director: G.Ramanathan
Year: 1957
Prema Yatralaku, Gundamma Katha (Telugu)
Prema Yatralaku (Telugu)
Film: Gundamma Katha
Language: Telugu
Singer(s): Ghantasala, P.Susheela
Music Director: Ghantasala
Year: 1962
Singara Velane Deva, Konjum Salangai (Tamil)
Singara Velane Deva (Tamil)
Film: Konjum Salangai
Language: Tamil
Singer: S.Janaki
Nadhaswaram: Karukkurichi P Arunachalam
Music Director: S.M.Subbaiah Naidu
Year: 1964
Chinnanchiru Vayadhil, Meendum Kokila (Tamil)
Chinnanchiru Vayadhil (Tamil)
Film: Meendum Kokila
Language: Tamil
Singer(s): K.J.Yesudas, S.P.Shailaja
Music Director: I.Ilaiyaraja
Year: 1980
Raagangal Pathinaaru, Thillu Mullu (Tamil)
Raagangal Pathinaaru (Tamil)
Film: Thillu Mullu
Language: Tamil
Singer: S.P.Balasubrahmanyam
Music Director: I.Ilaiyaraja
Year: 1981
Megham Karukkudhu, Ananda Ragam (Tamil)
Megham Karukkudhu (Tamil)
Film: Ananda Ragam
Language: Tamil
Singer(s): K.J.Yesudas, S.Janaki, I.Ilaiyaraja
Music Director: I.Ilaiyaraja
Year: 1981
Nagumomu Kanaleni, Chithram (Carnatic/Telugu song from Malayalam movie)
Nagumomu Kanaleni (Carnatic/Telugu song from Malayalam movie)
Film: Chithram
Language: Malayalam
Singer(s): M.G.Sreekumar, Neyyattinkara Vasudevan
Composer: Tyagaraja
Music Director: Kannur Rajan
Year: 1988
Nagumomu Kanaleni, Alludugaru (Carnatic/Telugu song from Telugu movie)
Nagumomu Kanaleni (Carnatic/Telugu song from Telugu movie)
Film: Alludugaru
Language: Telugu
Singer(s): K.J.Yesudas, Poorna Chandar
Composer: Tyagaraja
Music Director: K.V.Mahadevan
Year: 1990
Mindathathenthe Kili Penne, Vishnulokam (Malayalam)
Mindathathenthe Kili Penne (Malayalam)
Film: Vishnulokam
Language: Malayalam
Singer: M.G.Sreekumar
Music Director: M.Raveendran
Year: 1991
Samay Dheere Chalo, Rudaali (Hindi)
Samay Dheere Chalo (Hindi)
Film: Rudaali
Language: Hindi
Singer: Asha Bhosle
Music Director: Bhupen Hazarika
Year: 1993
Prema Yatralaku, Detective Narada (Telugu)
Prema Yatralaku (Telugu)
Film: Detective Narada
Language: Telugu
Singer(s): S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, K.S.Chithra
Music Director: I.Ilaiyaraja
Year: 1993
Telusa Manasa, Criminal (Telugu)
Telusa Manasa (Telugu)
Film: Criminal
Language: Telugu
Singer(s): S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, K.S.Chithra
Music Director: M.M.Keeravani
Year: 1994
Tu Mile Dil Khile, Criminal (Hindi)
Tu Mile Dil Khile (Hindi)
Film: Criminal
Language: Hindi
Singer(s): Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik
Music Director: M.M.Keeravani
Year: 1994
Swaragaminnente, Sagaram Sakshi (Malayalam)
Swaragaminnente (Malayalam)
Film: Sagaram Sakshi
Language: Malayalam
Singer: K.J.Yesudas
Music Director: S.Sharreth
Year: 1994
Enthinu Veroru Sooryodayam, Mazhayethum Munpe (Malayalam)
Enthinu Veroru Sooryodayam (Malayalam)
Film: Mazhayethum Munpe
Language: Malayalam
Singer(s): K.J.Yesudas, K.S.Chithra
Music Director(s): M.Raveendran, S.P.Venkatesh, Anand
Year: 1995
Paathira Pullunarnnu, Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (Malayalam)
Paathira Pullunarnnu (Malayalam)
Film: Ee Puzhayum Kadannu
Language: Malayalam
Singer: K.J.Yesudas
Music Director: Johnson
Year: 1996
Pooththirukkum Manamae, Pudhayal (Tamil)
Pooththirukkum Manamae (Tamil)
Film: Pudhayal
Language: Tamil
Singer(s): Hariharan, K.S.Chithra
Music Director: Vidyasagar
Year: 1997
Maane Malaramban, Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu (Malayalam)
Maane Malaramban (Malayalam)
Film: Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu
Language: Malayalam
Singer: K.J.Yesudas
Music Director: M.Raveendran
Year: 1998
Kannodu Kanbathellam, Jeans (Tamil)
Kannodu Kanbathellam (Tamil)
Film: Jeans
Language: Tamil
Singer: Nithyasree Mahadevan
Music Director: A.R.Rahman
Year: 1998
Aavani Ponnunjal, Kottaaram Veettile Apputtan (Malayalam)
Aavani Ponnunjal (Malayalam)
Film: Kottaaram Veettile Apputtan
Language: Malayalam
Singer: M.G.Sreekumar
Music Director: Berny Ignatious
Year: 1998
Kismet Se Tum, Pukar (Hindi)
Kismet Se Tum (Hindi)
Film: Pukar
Language: Hindi
Singer: Anuradha Paudwal, Sonu Nigam
Music Director: A.R.Rahman
Year: 2000
Ye Aaine Se, Kaash (Hindi)
Ye Aaine Se (Hindi)
Film: Kaash (non-filmi album)
Language: Hindi
Singer: Hariharan
Music Director: Hariharan
Year: 2000
Kanaa Kandaenadi, Parthiban Kanavu (Tamil)
Kanaa Kandaenadi (Tamil)
Film: Parthiban Kanavu
Language: Tamil
Singer: Madhu Balakrishnan
Music Director: Vidyasagar
Year: 2003
Kanaa Kaangiraen, Ananda Tandavam (Tamil)
Kanaa Kaangiraen (Tamil)
Film: Ananda Tandavam
Language: Tamil
Singer(s): Nithyasree Mahadevan, Shubha Mudgal, Vinithra
Music Director: G.V.Prakash Kumar
Year: 2009
Kunnathe Konnaykkum, Pazhassi Raja (Malayalam)
Kunnathe Konnaykkum (Malayalam)
Film: Pazhassi Raja
Language: Malayalam
Singer: K.S.Chithra
Music Director: I.Ilaiyaraja
Year: 2009
Picha Vecha Naal, Puthiya Mukham (Malayalam)
Picha Vecha Naal (Malayalam)
Film: Puthiya Mukham
Language: Malayalam
Singer: Shankar Mahadevan
Music Director: Deepak Dev
Year: 2009

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  • Abc

    Radha kaise na jale ( Hindi)
    Film: Lagaan
    Language( Hindi)
    Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan
    Music Director:  A.R.Rehman

  • Nanjundesh_srp

    there is one more kannada song ie . viraha nuru nuru taraha  – edakallu guddada mele

  • yedu

    Enthinu Veroru Sooryodayam (Malayalam) : not abheri ; butshudhadhanyasi.

  • yedu

    i think……….

    Enthinu Veroru Sooryodayam (Malayalam)
    Film: Mazhayethum Munpe
    raga : shudhadhanyasi……… not abheri

  • Swar_91

    manmohini from yuvraaj

  • Guruk8923

    Thillu Mullu is by MSV not Illayaraja

  • S.Bhavanarayana

    Respected Dhnya garu,
    The core feature that is to be focussed , i think , is audio. the video component , i am afraid , is not only redundant, but , at times is interfering with the eaesthteic experience of the tune and the rendition,
    Could you please ponder over the proposition!
    Regards,
    yours faithfully,
    S.Bhavanarayana.
    Hyderabad. India

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