Talaikkol, Talaikkōl: 2 definitions



Talaikkol 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)

Talaikkōl refers to a “title given to dancing girl”, as defined in the Pukārkkāṇṭam, a chapter of the Cilappatikāram: an ancient epic authored by Ilango Adigal representing an important piece of Tamil literature.—The Pukārkkāṇṭam speaks of the formation of the stage and the description of the talaikkōl (title given to dancing girl who is an adept at her dancing profession); the dance performance of Madavi and the due recognition given by Karikala Peruvalatan, the Chola king, by the presentation of a herbal garland, Kovalan buying the garland for one thousand and eight gold coins to acquire Madavi and the life led by them.

Talaikkōl or the staff (title given to dancing girl who is adept at her dancing profession) is treated with great respect and this is explained in Cilappatikāram. When a reputed king is defeated and runs away from the battle field, the central shaft of the splendid white umbrella of the monarch is taken. The seven feet shaft is covered with purest Jāmbunāda pon (gold) while its joints are decked with nine gems. This shaft, which represents Jayanta, the son of Indra, is worshipped in the palace of the protecting king of the white umbrella. The talaikkōl should be purified with water brought from the holy river in a golden pitcher. It should then be garlanded and, on an auspicious day, given to be blessed by the state elephant, adorned with a plate of gold ornaments on the forehead. Then, to the accompaniment of the drum, proclaiming victory, and other musical instruments, the king, along with his ministers, the Brahmins, the colonels of the war, the messengers and the soldiers who are the members of state advisory, goes in procession around the chariot street and then hands over the shaft to the poet. The poet will then bring this honoured talaikkōl to the stage and place it in front of everyone in its respected position.

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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)

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

Talaikkol (“variety of staff”) refers to 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 other miscellaneous articles found as attributes in the hands of the deities are, for example, Talaikkol.

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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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