Kerala – “The land of greenery and natural beauty” has been one of the most cultured and peace loving states in India has considerably influenced by the huge number of people from the Malayalis and Dravidians race. Beside the three main religions of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam culture, Kerala is eminent for its diverse martial arts, exquisite dance forms, music and art and craft.
The 300-year-old classical dance form “Kathakali” developed in Kerala which combine the performing art forms of opera, ballet, masque, and pantomime. Other dance forms which are famous in Kerala and entice across globe are Krishnanattam, Mohiniyattam, Thullal, Koodiyattam, Kolkali, Thiruvathirakali, Kakkarissi Natakam, Oppanna and Chavittunatakam.
Apart from the dance forms, Kerala has noted particularly for an ancient form of martial art named as “Kalaripayattu”. No wonder everyone stuck with Culture of Kerala and different music ranges from entertainment songs to film songs, classical to devotional songs and other which are really harmonious or melodic and a perfect relish to the ears. Here people have groups of songs for every event, they sung entertainment songs during festivals like “Onam” which retain the atmosphere vigorous, spirited and full of life and film songs which are sung during functions and family gatherings like marriages and birth ceremonies no doubt add enthusiasm to the full affair.
Here famous devotional song “sopana” are sung so pleasingly that it is no less than a divine experience if listening to them carefully and the song sung during manual work like harvesting, farming etc. relieve the burden and exhaustion of working constantly. So unquestionably Kerala music has a profusion of ragas and talas that joined together to form music for the soul.
As Kerala is a land of artistic people; here you will find many elaborate designs and the range of arts and crafts. In fact, Kerala is famous for its carvings in metal and wood like rosewood and sandalwood, metal jewellery, granite statues, coconut shell and coir products, snake boat model, wood refined and polished coconut ashtrays, lamp stands, vases, coir carpets and floor mats, purses, cane furniture and other statues and paintings of elephants etc.
Handicrafts are very popular in Kerala and there is a whole festival in Kerala dedicated just to handicrafts. A very famous item of handicraft is the wooden face of a Kathakali dancer in several of colours, sizes and shapes. So make sure that you purchase a work of art as a souvenir for yourself to remember you of Kerala, which is appropriately named God's Own Country.