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:
Some Kritis have a verse between the anupallavi and the charaṇa, called the chiṭṭaswara. This verse consists only of notes, and has no words. Still others have a verse at the end of the charaṇa, called the madhyamakāla.