Bhairavi, a Janya raga of Nata bhairavi, the 20th melakartha raga, is an ancient raga affording immense scope for imaginative handling over three stay is. Its mood is partly leonince and partly tender and both these shades of the raga have been duly exploited in the classic kritis of the Trinity as well as lessor composer. ?Ambakamakshi? ? Syama Sastri?s Swara Jati, Dikshitar?s ?Balagopala?, Tyagaraja?s ?Upacharamu? are a few compositions that are extremely popular. A facile rendering of Bhairavi helps a singer to stailise the caliber of the concert. A striking spearhead of hoary carnatic tradition.