"കവി" is pronounced Kavi (kuh-vee)
When I was born, Kevin wasn't a popular South Indian name (yet). My aunt heard my name and had fun with it. Kev...Kevi? The accent of a name like that was lost on her - a woman who grew up around people with beautiful names that rattled around the mouth with percussion, rhythm, and poise. A woman who spoke a language of playfulness and wit. A language, a palindrome, which gave me so much passion and talent: Malayalam.
And she said ‘avan oru kaviyāyirikkuṁ.’
‘Ah, he's bound to be a poet.’
Kavi means so much to me. Family and culture. My roots. My foundation for language, music, and art. It’s more than a rap name or an artistic moniker. Kavi means growth, hard work, and self-acceptance. Kavi means love and unity. I want to live the rest of my life like haptic poetry, so it was only fitting.
Kavi means "poet".