Konnaikoal (or Konnakoal/Konnakol), in Tamil traditions is the verbal recital of the Solkattu (Miruthangam notes). Konnaikoal derives its name from two Tamil words Konnal (or Konnai) and Koal. Konnai literally means to ‘stutter’ when speaking but here denotes to recite rhythmic musical phrases. Koal is a ‘sceptre’, a symbolic ornamental mace in the hands of a ruling monarch and also equates to ‘rule’. Thus the word 'Konnaikoal' implies that it is the ruler of rhythmic music, indeed it is the 'King' of all the percussion instruments as it is the essential vocal reference.

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