Blessed as it is by nature and a vibrant people, Kerala also has a rich repertoire of music, dance and arts. Most of these are unique to the land and reflects the love for life of its people. From the renowned Kathakali, considered to be the complete art form as it synthesizes all that is best in the fields of drama, music and dance to the folk dances which are reflections of the rhythmic impulses of a sensitive people.For Ages , the rich and vibrant culture of Kerala has intrigued the people of worldwide. The songs and dances of the people , their ballads, their rituals and their intellectual pursuits. Truly , the real treasure of Kerala lay in the cultural heritage of its people.
The tradition of classical arts has existed in Kerala more than a thousand years.
Koodiyattam– the Sanskrit theater of Kerala, Koodiyattam is believed to have originated two millennia ago. This art form was declared by UNESCO as one among ‘the masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity’.
Kathakali – The spectacular dance drama of Kerala, Kathakali integrates dance, music, poetry and histrionics. Referred to a the ‘first theater of imagination’ in the world, it combines both lasya(gentle, graceful dance) and tandava(powerful, energetic dance) elements.
Mohiniyattom– The gracefully elegant classical dance from, Mohiniyattom is the dance of the enchantress and has lasya as the prominent element.
Kerala has a vast repertoire of folk performing arts, folk songs and folk drama that showcase man’s overpowering rapport with nature and his constant desire for communication with the unknown.
Theyyam – One of the most outstanding folk art of Kerala, Theyyam has its origins in the northern part of the state. The oldest ritual art form, there are about 45 different types of Theyyam including the Agnu Theyyam where the dancer walks on fire.
Thira, Mudiyettu, Kaduvakali, Velakali, Kakkarissinatakam,Margamkali,Kolakali,Parichamuttukali, Pulluvanpattu and Thiruvathirakali are some of the other folk art form of Kerala.
Kalaripayattu – The comprehensive system of martial arts of Kerala. Kalaripayattu is regarded as one of the oldest and most scientific in the world. Even Kung-fu is believed to be originated from it.