Kulal; 2 Definition(s)

Introduction

Kulal 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)

Kulal refers to a “long flute”, as mentioned in the Cilappatikāram: an ancient epic authored by Ilango Adigal representing an important piece of Tamil literature.—The twelfth canto in Maturaikkāṇtam speaksof the veṭṭuva-vari. Vallikkūttu comes in veṭṭtuva-vari. The maravar dress a young girl as Koṟṟavai and make her dance, while they also dance. This dance was done amidst the sounds of parai (a kind of skinned percussion instrument), kulal (long flute), kompu (a kind of wind instrument), flute, and bronze bell by a girl dressed like Koṟṟavai. This was danced in order that the Pandya king would wear the veṭci garland for having defeated his enemies.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (natya)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., 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) and poetic works (kavya).

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Kulal refers to a “flute”, representing one of the several “attributes” (āyudha) or “accessories” of a detiy commonly seen depicted in Hindu iconography, defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The śilpa texts have classified the various accessories under the broad heading of āyudha or karuvi (implement), including even flowers, animals, and musical instruments. The musical instruments held in the hands of deities are, for example, Kulal.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Panga
pāṅga (पांग).—m Intense or constant craving; longing for. pl. Wants, necessities. Pr. yētīla v...
Parai
Parai refers to a “kind of skinned percussion instrument”, as mentioned in the Cilappatikāram: ...
Kompu
Kompu refers to a “kind of wind instrument”, as mentioned in the Cilappatikāram: an ancient epi...

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