Kautukam means in “Praise of” . It is also called Kavithuvam or Kausthuvam. Kavithuvam meaning “Poetic Quality”. The Kautukams were once performed by temple dancers as rituals. On the day of “Tiruvadira” in month of Margazi season (Margashirsha) when the gods were brought out for procession the Kautukams were danced and sung amidst the crowds. Certain temples had it own Kautukam. Panchamurthy kautukams were written on Lord Vinayaka, Muruga, Natesha, Sambanda and Sandeshwarar. The custom was to use high pitched ragas like Natti, Varali, Arabhi to compose them. Gangai Muthu Nattuvanar has composed most of the popular kautukams danced in the present . Danseuse Priyadarshini Govind has made a special note on Navasandhi kautukams in her video CD . She says “The Navasandhi kautukams were performed in the temples at different sandhis (junctions of the temple). This was performed to propitiate the Gods of different sandhis. The Navasandhi kautukams are on Brahma, Indra, Agni, Yama, Niritti, Varuna, Vayu Kubera and Ishana.” The Structure of kautukam is such that poetic lines are often followed and preceded by Sollu’s. Also the poetic lines are first recited and then sung in a ragam. Following are the kautukams that have been worked for you.
Vinayaka Kautukam (coming soon)