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Culture Of Kerala
India is a vast and varied country and every nook and corner of the nation display a special cultural bias, escorting you into the ethnic and traditional base of the particular place.
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Accordingly, the culture of Kerala is exclusive and unique, upholding a typical tradition of art, culture and lifestyle, different from the rest of South India. As a result, this state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India is a state of special interest among tourists all over the world.
Largely owing its orientation to the Dravidian culture of the yesteryears, Kerala culture evolved tremendously over the years with various influences by various seafarers and visitors from Italy, China, Greece, France and Africa. Although maximum inhabitants here are Hindus, there is a considerable section of Muslims and Christians as well.
Arts and Crafts:
Arts and crafts of Kerala speak volumes about the culture of Kerala in general. In fact, the Keralite craftsmen are capable of creating innovative and wonderful items with the humblest and meanest bits of material and mold them with magical mastery. Woodcarving, amongst these, is the most popular and the artisans give shape to some of the exclusive wooden items.
Among performing arts, Kathakali is a 300-year-old dance form that has developed exclusively in Kerala displaying a blend of the different performing art forms of opera, masque, ballet, and pantomime. A Kathakali dance recital is expected to exude a lot of vivacity in terms of color, costume, choreography, music, drama, and expressions. This dance form has gained popularity throughout the world over the years. Other popular dance forms of this state are Krishnanattom, Mohiniyattom, Koodiyattom, Kolkkali, Thullal, Kakkarishi Natakom, Thiruvathirakali, Oppanna, and Chavittunatakom. Among the music forms that have evolved over the centuries in Kerala are Panchavadyam, Nadanpattu, and Omanathinkal Kidavo.
Among the various festivals and events, Onam stands out as the most significant and in this occasion the people take their boats to the backwaters and country crafts and lakes to celebrate. Christmas, Eid, Muharram, and other festivals are other festivals traditionally celebrated in this state as in the entire country.
Noted for its varied pancakes and steamed rice cakes made from pounded rice, Kerala cuisine is famous all over the world. Idlis, dosas, uttapams, rasams, and a host of dishes made of coconut, tamarind and chilies, are the main dishes of Kerala cuisine.
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