Natesha or Nataraja Kautukam
I have here worked on the Natesha Kautukam. This was the Kautukam that I learnt probably when I was 8 or 9. The steps are same almost in every style. I like the the Kalakriya series music for this Kautukam. Hence the demonstration is a blend of what I had learnt and Mrs Priyadarshiniji’s choreography. This Kautukam is in Ragam Varali and Adi Talam. (Composer: Gangai Muttu Nattuvanar)
Please see the lyrics and the meaning below:
Thatavana Muni Jana Sakala Asura-sura
One who is worshipped by the rishis of tadavana(dense forest) and the Demons and Gods alike.
Sannutha Paada Kinkini Jhum Jhum
I bow to him who adorns the anklets that make the sound jham jham.
Jhana Jhana Jhana Jhana Noopura laya gati
His Bells produce the sound jhana while he performs his cosmic dance
Ghana ghana ghana ghana Viti Hari Sevita
Bhrahma and vishnu also worship him.
the one who performs the tandava
the one who is worshiped by vyagrahas
(If it was “Vygra charma Dhara“, then it would mean “one who wears the Tiger’s Skin”. This interpretation is also used in some songs. The hastas used would change. Check this link by Durga Swaminathan , between 2.33 to 2.42 to see what I meant.)
One who holds the Trishula
Nandi Vaha, Nada yoga priya
One who rides the Nandi, and one who loves dance and music.
Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Shashi ravi Bhoshana
Salutations to one who adorns the sun and the moon
One who has an awesome personality .
(The word Bhayankara could also mean Fearful. But how can the lord be fearful? May be his raudra Avatara sounds scary.)
One who holds a Damru (handy percussion drum) in his hands.
Tritiya sahastra Dikshita Natha
One who is lord of Three thousand Dikshitas of Chidambaram
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