- Kriti is also a spelling of Crete, Greece
Kriti is a format of a musical composition typical to Carnatic music, an Indian classical music style. Kritis form the backbone of any typical Carnatic music concert and is the longer format of a carnatic music song.
Kritis typically contain three parts
- Pallavi. This is the equivalent of a refrain in Western music.
- Anupallavi. The second verse, which is sometimes optional.
- Charanam. The final (and longest) verse that wraps up the song. The Charanam usually borrows patterns from the Anupallavi. The charanam's last line usually contains the composer's signature, or mudra, with which the composer leaves their mark.
Some Kritis have a verse between the anupallavi and the charaṇam, called the chiṭṭaswara. This verse consists only of notes, and has no words. Other krithis, particularly some of Dikshitar's compositions, are intentionally composed without an annupallavi; the verse after the pallavi is called the samashti charanam. Still others have some more sāhityā at the end of the charaṇam, set in madhyamakāla (few lines within a song that are sung faster than the rest of it). Finally, there are krithi's, such as Thyagaraja's Enduku Nirdhaya that have no annupallavi but many short charanams. Often, the artists take up certain lines of a Krithi for neraval.
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