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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_CompuServe.COM)
Date: Wed May 08 1996 - 04:35:22 PDT
I feel comfortable breaking down the Word KudamaaduKoothan into its three parts: Kudam , Aadu , Koothan. Krishna as a part of His Bala Kreedaa is saluted as dancing a dextrous dance with metal or other pots on his limbs tothe accompaniment of Music at the Places, where the four roads meet (Sandhi ). His mysterious juggling act of balancing the pots could symbolically refer to the divine act of creation and sustenance as a part of His eternal leelaas. I am also reminded of the Village(Folk ) dance called Karagam, where intricate movements are performed by a skilled artist without losing the balance , while holding a pot on his head and going around the village streets. Lord Krishna as a Vichitra Kurumban might have performed the Kuda Koothu to amuse Fellow Gopaas and Gopis during His boyhood days at Gokulam & Brindhavanam . V.Sadagopan P.S: Koothu is an act of dance done in a state of Joy as Badri points out. The great dancer Nataraja is hence hailed as Koothapiran His devotees. He is said to dance this Taandavam or Koothu at the dusk to please His Consort, Uma.