Kerala is a haven for lovers of dance , drama and music and festivals. You have scores of art forms that are quite unique in nature to Kerala, such as Kathakali, Ottamthullal, Chakyar Koothu, Krishnanattam, Koodiyattam, Padayani, Kalaripayattu, Pavakathakali, Theyyam, Velakali, Thiruvathirakali, Kolkali, etc. These art forms help one to experience a variety of emotions ranging from passion to love.
Kerala is home to a stunningly unique variety of art forms that have had an influence on the social and cultural life of the state, adding to its typical character. Kathakali is the most common art form in which the entire body is used to depict a narrative. The Kathakali artists wear elaborate costumes, ornaments and facial makeup. Mohiniyattam, the enchanting dance is one of feminine elegance, while Kalaripayattu is a majestic martial art that is said to have been the originator of karate, judo and kungfu.
Kerala is also well known for its other types of literature, such as music and poetry, as well as art forms, including murals, sculptures and architecture. The rich and colourful culture of Kerala has continued to intrigue people all over the world. The traditional folk and classical songs and dances of the people, their ballads, their rituals and their academic pursuits are the true treasures of Kerala, which contribute to its rich cultural heritage.
Kerala’s art forms represent the life and outlook of its people. Whether the renowned Kathakali, considered to be an art form as its synthesis of everything that is best in the fields of drama, music and dance, or folk dances representing the rhythmic impulses of a sensitive community of people, the treasure house of Kerala’s art forms is a festival for travellers and art lovers all over the world.