The culture of Kerala is one of its kinds in
India. Traditional yet modern, the fascinating aspects of Kerala culture have
been covered in our related sections. You will be amused to read about the rich
cultural heritage of Kerala, which till date is intact in almost all natives of
Kerala. The traditional rituals and sacred practices are very much alive even
today. People over there are fiercely protective of their cultural heritage and
are very proud of it.
The traditional dance forms of Kerala that we have covered in our related
sections are Kathakali, Krishnattam and Mohiniattam. Apart from the dance
forms, Kerala also has an ancient form of martial art known as "kalaripayattu".
The music of Kerala is very melodious. There are many forms of music in Kerala,
be it vocal or instrumental. People have sets of songs for every occasion. The
devotional songs are sung so beautifully that it is no less than a divine
experience listening to them attentively.
While music and dance provide food for the soul, the actual "food" of Kerala is
a sumptuous treat to anyone who is visiting Kerala. The cuisine has a wide
range to choose from. The staple diet of Kerala is rice. There is much in store
for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The vegetarians can choose from a
variety of steamed and fried treats, while the non-vegetarians can feast on sea
food. Kerala is famous for its handicrafts and art work. Make sure that you buy
a work of art as a souvenir for yourself to remind you of Kerala, which is
aptly named God's Own Country.
Located at the tip of the peninsula, Kerala is a
traveler's paradise, for it is a repository of a wealth of culture and heritage
that imparts to the state much of its personality. The culture of Kerala - its
civilization, art forms, beliefs and worldview - are primarily Dravidian.
Kerala has a rich and fascinating culture. It is the place where people meet
from a rainbow of societies, communities and religions that are housed in this
small state along the west coast of southern India. Here, one brings to mind
the story of the twins from a small village in Aleppy in The God of Small
Things by Booker winning author Arundhati Roy. A majority of the people of
Kerala are Dravidians. The chief religion is Hinduism with a certain percentage
of the population being Muslims and Christians.
The culture of Kerala comprises the dance form called Kathakali, which is a 300
year old activity that is exclusively Keralite. It combines the performing art
forms of the opera, ballet, masque and the pantomime. Kathakali dancers
coalesce color, dance, music, drama and facial expression. Other dance forms
comprise Krishnanattom, Mohiniyattom, Thullal, Koodiyattom, Kolkkali,
Thiruvathirakali, Kakkarishi Natakom, Oppanna and Chavittunatakom. The music
forms that have evolved down the ages in Kerala include Panchavadyam,
Nadanpattu, and Omanathinkal Kidavo.
The cultural events of Kerala are the Onam, the Temple festival at Thrissur,
the annual snake boat races at Alleppey etc. Id and Christmas are also
observed. A variety of steamed rice cakes and pancakes make up the culinary
delicacies of Kerala. Mussels are a favorite seafood dish. Eshtew with appam is
a must for every Christian marriage reception. Some of the fermented beverages
are kallu - toddy and patta charayam - arrack, the latter being consumed with
spicy pickles and boiled eggs.