mmdesh at UMICH.EDU
Sat Dec 5 16:43:30 EST 1998
The passage cited by Ganesan need not indicate a female earring. The
kings and other folks in the society used to wear Kundalas, the
ear-rings. Wearing an earring was a common thing for Pandits in
Maharashtra until my grand-father's time. There are instances of kings
honoring a Pandit with a gift of an earring ( = bhikbaaLii in Marathi).
Male children have their ears pierced in Maharashtra to this day. My ears
were pierced as a child and this came handy when I acted in zaakuntalam
and maalavikaagnimitram as the king (during my college days in Pune), and
I had to wear the Kundalas. I have a photograph of myself as Duzyanta to
On Sat, 5 Dec 1998, N. Ganesan wrote:
> *The Nataraja sports a female earring (kundala) in his left ear
> * and this is the only give away of its female aspect.
> Tevaram (640 AD) canon starts with the words -
> "tOTu uTaiya ceviyan2" - He who sports kuNDala
> in his ear.
> N. Ganesan
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