Chenguttuvan: 1 definition
Chenguttuvan means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)
Chenguttuvan is the name of an ancient Chera king, as mentioned in the Kālkōl-Kāṭai which is a chapter of the Cilappatikāram: an ancient epic authored by Ilango Adigal representing an important piece of Tamil literature.—The koṅkanar-kūttu is described in the twenty sixth canto of Kālkōl-Kāṭai. It is mentioned that Cheran Chenguttuvan (the Chera king) invaded northward and stayed in the Nilgiris. At that time, in order to praise him, kūttar belonging to Koṅkanar land and Karnataka land came in costumes and make-up according to their tradition. They danced, wearing garlands and pearl necklaces, singing kuṟavai songs in the rainy season and they sang beautiful vari songs. This could be the group dance of the people of the hilly region.
Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing Dramatic plays (nataka), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).
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