A PEEP INTO THE KARAṆAS OF TAÑJĀVŪR – PART II

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VARTITA           This Karaṇa is second in order. Bharata’s Nāṭyaśāstra defines this karaṇa as follows.           कुञ्चितौ मणिबन्धे तु व्यावृत्तौ परिवर्त्तितौ।        हस्तौ निपतितौ चोर्वोः वर्तितं करणं तु तत्।।        Hands that are bent at the wrist should be rotated in Vyāvṛtta mode and again in Parivartita mode. Then they should be placed on the…

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VAṬṬEḸUTTU INSCRIPTION OF PARAMEŚVARA VARMĀ I FROM KARṆĀṬAKA

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          The following inscription is found near the Gopālakṛṣṇa temple at Bairākūr, Mulbagal taluq, Karṇāṭaka. The inscription is in Tamil and inscribed in Vaṭṭeḹuttu characters. The inscription is fragmentary and denotes the 12th regnal year of Vijaya Īśvara varmā who can be identified as Parameśvara varmā I of Pallava dynasty. The inscription refers to the…

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A PEEP INTO THE KARAṆAS OF TAÑJĀVŪR – PART I

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          Karaṇas, the most fascinating subject in the field of Indian dramaturgy, enjoy the attention of scholars. A karaṇa is described as the joined motion of hands and legs. (Hasta-pāda-samāyogaḥ Nṛttasya Karaṇam Bhavet) Such karaṇas are enlisted in the fourth chapter of Nāṭyaśāstra written by Bharatamuni and the chapter itself is named as Tāṇḍava lakṣaṇa….

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COPPER PLATE INSCRIPTIONS OF KĀÑCĪ KĀMAKOṬI PĪṬHAM – 1

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Copper plate inscription of Vijaya Gaṇḍa Gopāla Deva           Donations were made to temples, mutts, religious persons and the same was recorded in Palm leaves, copper plates and stone epigraphs by which the records were called as “Tribalī-śāsanam”. Such copper plate inscriptions are available at Kāmakoṭi pīṭham which claims its lineage from Śrīmad Ādi Śaṅkara…

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