ART AND CULTURE


Art and Culture about Kerala

If you try and learn about Kerala, you will discover that the land is a blend of Dravidians and Aryans. It was during the 10th century, when Kerala was actually a part of Tamilkalam and its culture was very much an influence of Dravidian culture. There are various art forms that the state is proud of and here are some of my personal favorites:
  
 Ayyappanpattu
 Mohiniyattom
 Ashtapathiyattom
 Ottamthulla
 Bhagavathyppattu
 Pallipana
 Chathankali
 Pana
 Chakkyar Koothu
 Padakam
 Kuthiyottam
 Ramanattom
 Koodiyattom
 Theeyattu
 Krishnanattom
 Theyyam
 Kavadiyattom
 Thidambunritham
 Kurathiyattom
 Kathakali
 
Some of the prime mentions when it comes to ancient literature are Sankara Panikkar, Kumaran Asan, Ullor, Vallathol Narayana Menon and Madvava Pankkar. These are some of the renowned and well-respected names that took Malayalam poetry to the very next level. Other renowned writers include honorable mentions in Kerala literature, like G. Sankara Kurp, M.T Vasudevan Nair and Arundhati Roy.
 
Traditional music here was popularized in the 19th century by none other than Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma. Temples form a very important part of Kerala’s tradition as there are several festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. Of course, you don’t forget ‘Onam’ just like that. The festival season goes on from the month of October to November.
 
Some of the religious customs that have gained worldwide attention include the names like:
 
 
 Achukuli
 Sanchayanam
 Uzhichil
 Choroonu
 Sapthapadi
 Segam
 Ekadashi
 Shasthipoorthi
 Orikkal
 Kanyadanam
 Thalikettukalyanam
 Vidyarambham
 Kuttiyoottu
 Theyyattu
 Vratham
 Kuthirakettu


 Thalikettu

 Kuronthiripattu
 Veli
 
 Malayankettu
 Murajapam
 
 Samavarthanam
 Upanayanam
 
 
Marriages are equally colorful as rest of the traditional stuffs in Kerala. Hindus follow ‘what they say as’ the ‘Kettukalyanam’ style of marriage in which the bond is solemnized in a temple or at home in the presence

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