Kāpi (Sanskrit कापी, Tamil காபி) is a popular rāga in Carnatic music, the classical music of South India.

Kāpi is a janya rāgam with a meandering vakra scale. It is considered to be derived from the Kharaharapriya rāgam. Typically performed at slow and medium speeds, Kapi is capable of inducing moods of devotion, pathos and sadness in the listeners. Kāpi is different from the Hindustani raag and thaat Kafi.

Structure and Lakshana: Kāpi is an audava-vakra rāgam with an ascending pentatonic scale and a descending scale with seven notes, but not in a descending order. It uses two different nishāda swarās.


ārohaṇa : S R2 M1 P N3 S
avarohaṇa : S N2 D2 N2 P M1 G2 R2 S

The presence of two separate nishāda swarās (N2 and N3) lends a distinctive quality to Kāpi, along with the fact that it uses a set of vakra swarās (N2 D2 N2).

(Source: wikipedia)

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Listen to compositions in Kāpi rendered by Dhanya Subramanian on this site:

Mee Valla Gunadosham – Tyagaraja
kArthikeyanai – Mayuram Viswanatha Sastri
Pazhani Ninra – Periyasaamy Thooran
kalaiyaatha kalviyum – Abhirami Andhaadhi Padhigam

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Other Popular Compositions in Kāpi:
Jagadhoddhārana Adisidalu Yashoda – Purandaradasa
Kurai Ondrum Illai (in two charanam verses) – Chakravarti Rajagopalachari
Enna thavam seydanai Yashoda – Papanasam Sivan

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Kanne Kalaimane (Tamil)

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Language: Tamil
Singer: K.J.Yesudas
Music Director: I.Ilaiyaraja
Year: 1982

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Varamanjalaadiya (Malayalam)

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Idhu Kuzhandhai Paadum Thalaatu (Tamil)

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Language: Tamil
Singer: S.P.Balasubramaniam
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Thumbi Vaa (Malayalam)

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Thumbi Vaa (Malayalam)

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Language: Malayalam
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Year: 1982

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Thanni Thotti (Tamil)

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Thanni Thotti (Tamil)

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Language: Tamil
Singer: K.J.Yesudas
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Innale Ente Nenjile (Malayalam)

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Singer: K.J.Yesudas
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Aalankuyil Koovum Rayil (Tamil)

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Music Director: Vidyasagar
Year: 2003

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Thumbi Vaa

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Senthamizh Theyn Mozhiyaal (Tamil)

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Year: 1958

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Hey Padal Onru (Tamil)

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Aakasam Eynatitho (Telugu)

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Year: 1981

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Sangathil Paadatha Kavithai (Tamil)

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Language: Tamil
Singer(s): S.Janaki, I.Ilaiyaraja
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Singer: S.Janaki
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Year: 1988

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Chinna Thai Aval (Tamil)

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Language: Tamil
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Kadhal Rojave (Tamil)

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Year: 1992