As part of Travel photography, here our author has a beautiful photo article on Kerala and it’s Art & Culture.

“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.” – Winston Churchill

A Land of Artistic People

Kerala – “God’s Own Country” has been one of the most cultured and peaceful states in India. Kerala’s culture and lifestyle have significantly influenced by the huge population of people from the Malayalis and Dravidian race. Besides the three main religions of Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam culture, Kerala is prestigious for its diverse martial arts, elegant dance forms, music, and art and craft.

As Kerala is a land of artistic people; there you will find many complex designs and a range of arts and crafts. Furthermore, Kerala is famous for its sculptures in metals and woods. Like sandalwood, metal jewelry, coconut shell, and coir products, snake boat model,  coconut ashtrays, furniture, and other statues and paintings of elephants, etc.

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Kathakali: A blend of music, dance, and epic stories
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Kummattikali: Devotional art form of Kerala
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Ramanatyam: Make them stop and stare
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Kummatti: 50 shades of hue
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Invocation: Glimpse of oppana dance form
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Sail: Houseboats and boat racing are the most favorite aspects of culture of Kerala

The art forms of Kerala can be classified into four groups such as Classical Art Form, Folk Art Form, Fine Art Form, and Temple Music Form. Kerala’s folk music is rich with an elegance that is really genuine with its rhyme and rhythm. Kerala has a large number of festivals to celebrate for the whole year. They include temples, religious rituals, social and community, and other traditions. One of the old traditions and rituals is the Onam celebration. It recalls the visit of King ‘Mahabali’ to see his disciples. Moreover, Atthachamayyam, Pulikkali, Thiruvathirakali, boat racing, and other songs are associated with the Onam celebration.

Well-being of communities

Undoubtedly the art and culture of Kerala are the most fascinating in the world as it consists of the combination of art forms, festivals, literature, craftworks. Art and culture are powerful tools to engage communities in various levels of change. Hence, it makes considerable and necessary contributions to the well-being of communities…

Pranavika MohitePatil, Pune, Maharashtra

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