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Kavi may refer to:
- Kavi (from a root kū "to cry out") is a Sanskrit term for thinker, intelligent man, man of understanding, leader; a wise man, sage, seer, prophet; a singer, bard, poet. Also related root is Avestan kavi (or kauui) "king" and also "poet-sacrificer" or "poet-priest". Some applications:
- the primeval poet-seers (rishis) who composed the mantras (Vedas).
- an epithet of various gods, including Varuna, Indra, the Ashvins, the Maruts, the Adityas, Soma, the Rbhus
- Pushan, the Hindu god of meeting
- collectively, the Kayanian kings as the heroes of the Avesta, the sacred texts of Zoroastrianism, and of the Shahnameh, Iran's national epic.
- a son of Brahma
- a son of Bhrigus
- a son of Shukra
- the sons of several Manus
- a son of Kaushika, pupil of Garga
- a son of Rsabha
- name of the gates of the sacrificial enclosure (TS 22.214.171.124)
- the soul, in Samkhya philosophy
- Apu's cousin who helps Homer in The Simpsons episode Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore
- The word Kavi or Kaviraj is in Indian language and literature used to denote a poet or a singer or a person of greatness who could pen or sing a poetry impromptu. The Kavi attached with Royal Durbar for entertainment of Kings were called Kaviraj. Mostly such persons were patronized by kings in India to keep alive the art. The poems or folk-songs etc. in India are called Kavita ( a poem), which means words which came out of mouth of Kavi
In Zoroastrianism and Iranian mythology:-
- Kavi, meaning "king", is the general title of the kings (chiefs) in Avesta. The Kavi entered Iranian mythology as Kayanian dynasty.
- Kavi (film), a 2009 film by Gregg Helvey, nominated for 2010 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
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