#30DayMarghazhiRagaChallenge - Kapi
Kapi raga, is a raga that lends itself to a multitude of avataras. The notes in this raga are so diverse, and so bountiful that any possible permutation just sounds extremely pleasing! The aarohana contains Shadja, Chatushruthi Rishabha, Shuddha Madhyama, Panchama, Kakali Nishadha, while the avarohana features additional notes like Kaishiki Nishadha, Shuddha Dhaivata and Sadharana Gandhara. Being a janya raga of Kharaharapriya, the swaras Kakali Nishadha and Antara Gandhara are considered bhashanga swaras (swaras that are borrowed from a raga other than the janaka or parent raga). A play between the two types of nishadha and gandhara is a particular trait of the raga that is often explored by artists.
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Kapi is a popular raga, and finds equal admiration in classical and movie songs. Some famous Thyagaraja krithis include Meevalla Gunadoshamemi, Anyayamu Seyakura, Intha Sowkhyamani ne etc. , Papanasam Sivan's Enna Thavam Seydane, Purandara Dasara krithi - Jagadoddharana is an epitome of Kapi for me, and so is Vanamamalla Jeeyar's Janaki Ramana. These are just a few of the extremely popular krithis in this wonderful raga. Kapi can be explored in great breadths and depths, each time would unearth yet another scintillating facet of the raga!