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Elayatu

Elayatu

Elayatu is the traditional purohit (priest) of Nairs who conduct the after-death rites for them. They wear the sacred thread and do the puja in the temples, but they are not aristocratic as the Nambootiris

Marans

Marans

Marans who belong to the community of Nairs, are temple musicians who are main custodians of the Sopana system of music or the music of the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. They are experts in percussion instruments like Maddalam, Chenda, Edakka. Poduval is another caste …

Nairs

Nairs

Naiirs are said to be a Dravidian community who were the military gentry of the land. The most influential territorial unit in the Dravidian set up of administration was a tara which means a ground, a village or a quarter. Nayars include many caste division …

Malayan

Malayan

Chovas also called ezhavas. In the northern districts Tiyyas also come under this community. They are found all over Kerala basically as a cultivating class. Traditionally they are connected with growing and tapping of coconut trees. The term Chovan is believed generally as a corruption …

Velans

Velans

Velans are also devil dancers. In the northern districts, Peruvannam and Mannan also belong to the same profession. The Vannans, Velars and Malayars of Cannanore district were the original dancers of ‘Theyyam’ or ‘Kaliyattam’, which is a highly ritualistic dance with its rare and grotesque …

Cheramans

Cheramans

Cheramans are styled in the vernacular Cherumakkal. These tribes belong to the agricultural community of whom Pulayas are more in number. They have dark complexion and strong physique. The Pulayas in the olden times were extremely loyal to their masters and worked as slaves in …

Mamankam

Mamankam

Mamankam was held once in every 12 years at Thirunavaya, on the banks of the river Bharathapuzha. Celebrated for 28 days, it was also an enormous trade fair in which traders from various places came to Thirunavaya. At the grand finale, which was a great …

Valliyoorkkavu Festival

Valliyoorkkavu Festival

Located high in the Wayanad Hills at Valliyoorkkavu, 3 kms from Mananthavady town, the temple is dedicated to goddess Bhagavathy. The idol of the temple is believed to be self- manifested and the annual festival is held in March. The traditional ritual of the Kalamezhuthu …

Swathi Festival

Swathi Festival

Swathi festival is a gala event of music organised by the Government of Kerala every year in the last week of January. The venue is the famous Kuthiramalika Palace. Thiruvananthapuram, where once upon a time the great poet-king of Travancore, Sri Swathi Thirunal, composed many …

Pattambi Nercha

Pattambi Nercha

The annual feast of the Pattambi Mosque situated 61 kms from Palakkad, falls in the first week of February. About 70- 80 tuskers are lined up for the festival. Throngs of believers from all corners of the state attend this festival, which is held in …

Nisangandhi

Nisangandhi

Every year, from February 21st to 27th renowned classical dancers perform at the Nisangandhi, an open air theatre in Thiruvananthapuram city. Classical dances of almost all the states of India are staged during the festival. Mohiniyattam (Kerala), Bharatha Natyam (Tamil Nadu), Kutchippudi (Andhra Pradesh), Odissi …

Miladi Sherif

Miladi Sherif

Miladi Sharif or Nabi-Dinam, the Birthday celebration of Prophet Mohammed, is a major Muslim festival in Kerala and falls in the month of July. The most important event of the festival is the recital of ‘Moulood’, a short biography of the Prophet written in Arabic. …