[Ambalak Koothar] (11th - 12th Century / Tamil Nadu / India)

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Ottakoothar (Tamil:ஒட்டகூத்தர்) or Othakkoottar or Ottakuthar also known as Ambalak Koothar, was a tamil court poet of three Chola kings namely Vikrama Chola, Kulotunga II and Rajaraja II. He wrote poems in praise of these three kings namely Vikrama Cholan Ula, Kulothunga Cholan Ula and Rajarajan Ula. Ottakoothar had also written Kulothungan Pillai Tamil in praise of Chola king Kulothunga II and Saraswati Andhadhi in praise of Saraswati the Goddess of knowledge.

The poet's memorial is believed to be still in a place known as "Darasuram in Kumbakonam" Just opposite to the famous Airavatesvara Temple. According to legend, Goddess Saraswati blessed him in the place ... more »

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  • A. Madhavan (1/12/2014 8:39:00 PM)

    Story of a Chola princess who preferred a younger poet to this court laureate and sharply
    commented, Ottakoothar pattukku Rettai Thaazh-pal. Please give the text of his song and
    the rival's. AM

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