Kerala is a land of religious and cultural diversity. God's own land has its own culture which is a mix of both Aryan and Dravidian cultures, imbibing the good traditions and practices from both of them. Another important characteristic feature about Kerala's culture is that it is very much related to art and music. Art and culture are most often considered as two sides of the same coin. It means that the life of each Malayali is developed in a way that no one can separate one from the other. Festivals like Onam or any other festival remains perfect examples for Malayalis' passion for art forms. Each of the festival is celebrated with the performance of one or the other art forms. Art Forms in Kerala Kerala is the home of many world-renowned art forms like - Kathakali, Ottan Thullal, Krishnanattam, Chakkyar Koothu, Mohiniyattam, Thiruvathira Kali, Koodiyattom, Theyyam, Ramanattam, etc. These are only a few of the most prominent art forms of Kerala. Tourists, from across the globe, come to Kerala with a zeal to enjoy some of these art forms. Now the tourist destinations and the tourist centers are taking special care to set a stage for them to watch and enjoy these art forms.Contact Us >
Chakyar Koothu is an ancient dance form performed in Kerala. In this highly refined dance form, the performer narrates events from Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is generally performed in temples during special occasions and festivals.Contact Us >
D The traditional Art form of Kerala, and traditional dance in Kerala. Kathakali is a form of dance-drama performed by colorfully attired and trained dancers in ancient schools of the art. Interestingly, this dance style is a blend of different fine arts like literature, music, painting, acting and dance.
This is one of the world’s oldest art form and one of the key cultural shows of Kerala that we organize at Devonshire.Contact Us >
This is a type of traditional Martial Art of Kerala meant for entertainment in Kerala. This again is one of the oldest forms existing in the world which has its origin in south India. Kalaripayattu the mother of all martial arts requires the knack and skill which can be performed only by well trained masters.Contact Us >
Theyyam, otherwise known as Kaliyattom, is an ancient socio religious ceremony performed in Kerala since very remote times. As the word Kaliyattom denotes, this is a sacred dance performance for Kali. Kaliyattom is sometimes called Theyyattom because every thera or village was duly bound to perform it. These names show that Kaliyattoms were special festivals of religious and social importance. In ancient times every village of Kerala has its own common shrine called Kavu and it was imperative to have Kaliyattom performed in front of it. As the word Kali has also the meaning of "Safety" in Malayalam, Kaliyattom may have the significance of a sacred dance for social or family safety.
The Dravidians were worshippers of the ferocious goddess called Kottavai. To propitiate this goddess a peculiar dance was performed. It would not be mere conjecture to say that the old Kottavai dance performance was the actual foundation on which Kaliyattom took roots later on. As Kerala was primarily a land of people with Sakthi (Bhagavathi) worshippers, the Kaliyattom became very much a part and parcel of the social structure.Contact Us >