Kotticetam, Koṭṭicetam: 1 definition


Kotticetam 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.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (natya)

Koṭṭicetam refers to a type of dance, as mentioned in the Naṭukalkkāṭai which is a chapter of the Cilappatikāram: an ancient epic authored by Ilango Adigal representing an important piece of Tamil literature.—Naṭukalkkāṭai (chapter on the sight of the statue established for Kannaki), in its twenty-eighth canto describes koṭṭicetam. With the taṇḍai (anklet) making sound, playing paṟai, the jaṭa (hairlock) swinging on one side represented Śiva while the cilampu (leg ornament), vala, hip chain, ear-drop, and hair do not move or make sound representing Uma on the other side. This dance of Śiva was danced by the Kūtta Cākkayars representing ardhanāri (half woman and half man) in front of Cheran Chenkuttuvan and his queen Venmalai while they were seated in the moon light.

Cilappatikāram in Naṭukalkkāṭai explains koṭṭicetam dance. It says that it is astonishing to see this dance in which the male portion moves while the female portion does not move, and likewise the female portion moves while the male portion does not move. It is full of artistic nuances. In this dance, the male portion is danced in the tāṇḍava style while the female portion is danced in the lāsya style. It is mentioned that not only Madavi but also the Cākkayars were well versed in this dance. Later koṭukoṭṭi dance came to be known as koṭṭi and koṭṭicetam. Since the Cākkayars danced it is also called cākkayar-kūttu.

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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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