Kotukotti, Koṭukoṭṭi, Kotu-kotti: 2 definitions


Kotukotti means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Tamil. 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)

Koṭukoṭṭi refers to the first of the eleven dances (patinoraṭal) as mentioned in the Kaṭalāṭukkāṭai which is a chapter of the Cilappatikāram: an ancient epic authored by Ilango Adigal representing an important piece of Tamil literature.—The eleven dances were (viz., Koṭukoṭṭi) danced by Madavi in the Indra Vila (the festival celebrating the victory of Indra). After praising Viṣṇu, four Varuna-bhutas and Tiṅkal (moon in the sky, moving for the benefit of others), the patinoraṭal (eleven dances) is said to begin.

Koṭukoṭṭi description: The devas requested Śiva to burn Tiripura (the three cities of the Asuras). Lord Śiva, with Uma on one side and Tirumal as bow, danced in victory on the burial ground, clapping his hands. The burnt ashes were the stage and he used a faultless rhythm. This is called koṭukoṭṭi dance. Cilappatikāram speaks of Madavi’s dance dressed as Śiva on one side and as Uma on the other.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Tamil dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kotukotti in Tamil glossary
Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Koṭukoṭṭi (கொடுகொட்டி) [koṭu-koṭṭi] noun < idem. +. கொட்டு-. [kottu-.]

1. Śiva’s dance on the destruction of Tiri-puram, one of 11 kūttu, q.v.; பதினோ ராடல்களுல் திரிபுரமெரித்தகாலையில் சிவனாடிய கூத்து. கொடுகொட்டி யாடலும் [pathinorandirumurai radalkalul thiripuramerithagalaiyil sivanadiya kuthu. kodugotti yadalum] (சிலப்பதிகாரம் அரும்பதவுரை [silappathigaram arumbathavurai] 6, 43).

2. A kind of drum; ஒருவகைப் பறை. குடமுழவங் கொடு கொட்டி குழலு மோங்க [oruvagaip parai. kudamuzhavang kodu kotti kuzhalu monga] (தேவாரம் [thevaram] 225, 2).

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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