Kerala Tour Travel Company – The Journey of Music Sopanam to Pop Music

Like its rich natural wealth, abundant backwaters, verdant hills, lush meadows and pastures, heritage buildings, palaces, holy shrines and museums, the music of Kerala has also got a long and glorious past leading to enriched present. As Kerala Tour Travel Company, Music has always played an important part in the Malayalam Language and most of it is driven by Malayalam poetry. It’s strengthened by the fact that it was musical poetry which was first written and sung long before the prose was used. With the development of poetry-driven music, many experiments were done and new forms of music were devised. One of the two popular forms was classical music which was primarily known as Carnatic music that was also quite popular in Tamilnadu and Karnataka. The other form appealed to the masses a lot, as it became quite popular in films and music albums.

Being Kerala Tour Travel Company, “Sopanam” or “steps” is quite renowned in Kerala. Sopanam Sangeetham was developed in the temples of Kerala. It is a style of Classical music. It was named so, as it was sung by the singers sitting on the steps leading to the holy shrines. The music used in the background in Kathakali Dances has got traces of Sopanam. The popular Malayalam Film music has developed not so long ago. Before the Malayalam music and its rendition existed in the background singing in music, Tamil and Hindi music was used a lot. In 1950s, the music was revolutionized as many popular Malayalam poets started penning and composing music for the film industry, giving it their own indigenous music. Later, after the masses was grooving to the film music, the traditional Kerala Music soon caught up with the current trend as another form of music called “the Kerala pop music” which dawned on the horizon of pop music in the nineties and later. The famous East Coast Vijayan group introduced the young generation of college-going crowd to the pop music, revolutionizing the music industry. Many new groups soon followed suit and, soon, another dimension got added to the Music of Kerala. Today, the amazing fusion of Malayalam music with other forms of music from different cultures has brought about a welcome change. The music of Kerala, like other cultures, has come of age.

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Kerala Tour Travel Company – A Dance Form for Masses & Classes ‘Kathakali’

India is a land of rich and delightful cultures. Every state is known for its pleasant cultural heritage. Whether it’s a style of painting or a way of dressing, or food or dance forms, all the states have got their distinct hallmark by which they are recognized. However, most of the cultures of India are known particularly by their distinctive mark in the fields of art like painting, sculpture or dance forms. Being Kerala Tour Travel Company, one of the most elegant displays of fine arts in the field of dance can be seen in the prevalent dance forms of Kerala. These various forms were initially originated from the popular traditional stories amongst a local group of people but, with the passage of time, they evolved into classical dance forms with mass appeal. Amongst the prominent and famous dance forms from Kerala is Kathakali which is believed to be originated in 17the century. With time, Kathakali has reformed itself in terms of its themes, make-up and gestures etc. The attention-grabbing make-up of the dancers, their elegant movements of facial expressions, hands and body and their dressing have taken a new shape with the passage of time.

Kathakali incorporates, not one but a lot of other dance forms in it. As Kerala Tour Travel Company, one may find its similarities with a classical drama in Sanskrit enacted in Kerala and with a musical adaptation of old Sanskrit dance form. Many other dance forms performed ritualistically in Kerala have also been accommodated in it. The body language of Kathakali has got the traces of Kalarippayattu – a martial art prevalent in south India. It quickly gained acceptance with the masses as the language of the performance was made relatively simpler, with Malayalam and some Sanskrit used as a language of the dance form. Kathakali received a new dimension when it was used to perform in many Indian and international literary plays, popularizing the art form amongst the common individual. As Kerala Tour Travel Company, the successful renderings of stories of Mahabharata and other epics caused Kathakali to be readily accepted by the theatre-visiting average man. More attempts to popularize it further are constantly being done by its performers.

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Kerala Tour Travel Company – A Festival of Festivals ‘Thrissur Pooram’

Kerala is one of the most well-liked tourist destinations, not only for Indians, but for the tourists from other countries as well. For the people who appreciate the cultural and historical heritage of Kerala, pine to visit it frequently. At the same time, being Kerala Tour Travel Company, the natural lovers have equally found themselves enamoured by the spell-binding and breath-taking beauty of this one of the most popular places in down South. One flipping the pages of a book on Kerala’s Heritage is bound to stop and gape at the snapshots depicting the religiosity and the cultural inclination of the people of Kerala. And, in these pages, one will find a great reference to “Thrissur Pooram” that has earned its place as one of the most popular temple festival held in the city of Thrissur. The city plays host to the festival every year in April or May. Many temples of great repute in Kerala participate in it, presenting an awesome picture of pure religious fervours, passion and devotion coupled with grandeur and lavishness.

The ceremonies start off seven days before the main Pooram. The commencement is marked by all the participating temples hoisting a flag, depicting the formal commencement of the festival. After the jubilation of three days, the fourth day is celebrated by the pyrotechnics, known as Sample Vedikettu which is grand display of strikingly colourful and unique fireworks appearing more prominent against the backdrop of night sky in the Thekkinkadu Maidan where the festival is held. The spectacular firework is followed by another remarkable event that leaves an indelible mark etched forever in one’s memory. One is bound to be mesmerized by the fantastic march of swaying golden elephants being commanded deftly by the mahouts sitting atop the heads, holding fluffy fan made of peacock feathers. On the sixth day of the festival, all the participating temples march with lot of fanfare, the processions garnering lot of viewers supporting and cheering them. A display of firework far more spectacular than before again awaits one on the seventh day, it being the concluding day of the festival. As Kerala Tour Travel Company, the Thrissur Pooram festival, in a true sense of festivities, garners participation from all the sections of the society. This festival is a marvellous example of “unity in diversity”.

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Kerala Tour Travel Company – The Abode of God ‘Thiruvananthapuram’

The father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, admiring its natural beauty, called it “Evergreen City of India”. He was not exaggerating at all about Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), which wears the crown for being one of the major greenest cities and capital of Kerala. The city owes its name to “Anantha Padmanabha” or Lord Vishnu. As Kerala Tour Travel Company, the city was earlier known as Trivandrum, but later, rechristened to Thiruvananthampuram, meaning “Abode of Lord Vishnu”. It is located at the extreme western part of the tip of south India. The city is flanked by the mighty Arabian Sea in its west and Tamil Nadu in the east. It stands tall on seven low hills surrounding the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple. It has its own international airport in fact it is the one such place from where you start your Kerala tour or spends end of your Kerala travel vacation, every year thousands of local as well as international tourist or travellers visit this place, a major tourist destination. The outer rim of the city on its west is marked with sun-kissed beaches and lush backwaters. The fact that the city boasts of an impressive cultural heritage and lots of historical monuments, makes it a much sought-after tourist destination.

Being on the shores of the Arabian Sea, the city has a tropical climate. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year, with maximum temperature being 35 degrees in summers and 18 degrees in winters. The places worth having a tour of, includes the majestic “Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple” with its mesmerizing exteriors and interiors. Then, for the astronomically inclined, there is a hundred years old observatory. In and around the city, one can find many posh palaces built by the ruling kings. One of the attractions that pull the tourists out of their places and make them visit Kerala is the backwaters. The city is etched with water canals. Having a boat ride through these waterways can make one feel as if they were in Venice. The concrete buildings of the city contrasts beautifully with thatched roofs of the mud-smeared huts. The city possesses another feather in its cap, of that harbouring the topmost Research & Development institutions and IT organizations of India. As Kerala Tour Travel Company, Thiruvananthapuram is an amazing mix of modernity with cultural heritage. The city hasn’t let its charm be lost to the wave of development, preserving its true cultural flavour.

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Kerala Tour Travel Company – The Land of Wonders

The southern part of India provides a good escape from the humdrum of one’s hectic life. If you are feeling drained out by the monotony of your daily routine or getting bogged down by your job, travelling far down south to Kerala is something that will rejuvenate your weakened neurons. As Kerala Tour Travel Company, if “Kashmir” is quoted to be the heaven in the North, “Kerala” should definitely earn the same place in the south. Kerala is located on the Coast of Malabar, in the south-western part of India. The travel journals of India have unanimously named it as one of the most popular destinations of India. Kerala is popular for its scenic beauty, its hill stations, national parks, ancient temples and backwaters. All the ingredients for bringing one close to nature are found in Kerala. For example, if one is passionate about hill stations, Munnar is surely the place worth-visiting. Nestled at the altitude of 1600 feet from the sea level, it has played a crucial role in making Kerala famous amongst the tourist all over the world. And, just when one thinks it to be over, Kerala pops open some more places around Munnar like Eravikulam National Park, enriched with flora and fauna.

Being Kerala Tour Travel Company, other attractions that will surely have one spellbound are Mattupetti Indo Swiss Dairy Farm – a well looked after place abundant in lush farms. The Tata Tea Museum will definitely be another reason for one to stay a little longer before leaving as it has got a wonderful collection of Tea-making machines and old photographs narrating the story of tea plantation in Kerala. Besides natural beauty, one will witness a man-made wonder in the form of Idukki Arch Dam, popular as the first arch dam of Asia. If one is fond of watching wild life in their natural habitat, Periyar Tiger Reserve is a place to visit. This Sanctuary has earned the respect of the visitors by carefully preserving two of the most prestigious animals – elephant and tigers. And, one’s visit to Kerala can never be complete without enjoying the boat ride in Alappuzha backwaters – A place that will fall no short of Venice. This and lot more are surely waiting to be explored in Kerala. If one is a travel enthusiast, the travel journal will always be incomplete without the God’s own place called Kerala.

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Kerala Tour Travel Company – a Traveller’s Haven

There is a very popular saying by St. Augstine, “This World is a book and those who don’t travel much have only read one page.” The saying holds lot of water as travelling is one of the best ways to broaden one’s vision. It helps us understand various cultures, the people belonging to diverse backgrounds, how they live and what they believe in. Travelling helps the amalgamation of diverse cultures, enhancing harmony and integrity, there by promoting respect for humanity throughout the world. As Kerala Tour Travel Company, India has been one of the most popular travelling destinations by people from all over the world. For ages, travellers from the remotest parts of the world have come here, experienced life and written books about it.

Indian land is full of marvels and, whenever the talk of the marvels is broached, Kerala definitely finds a place in it. It has been one of the most popular tourist destinations not only for the domestic tourists but international tourists or travellers the figure of inbound tourism from all parts of globe to Kerala have been increasing steadily in the past decade. Kerala, or Keralam as it is also popularly known, is located at the far end of southern part of India, near Malabar Coast. Kerala is flanked by Arabian Sea at its west and Karnataka and Tamil Nadu at its east. With the population of approximately 30.5 million, it is a state popularly known as “the land of the literate” as the literacy rate in Kerala is the highest in India. Because of its natural beauty and scenic sights, it has earned the sobriquet of “the land of backwaters”.

Being Kerala Tour Travel Company, tourism here is one of the most prominent, thriving and revenue-earning aspect of the state, it wouldn’t be wrong by saying that the whole economy of Kerala revolves around the tourism and related sectors. In fact in this state every second person is somewhere directly or indirectly working or associated with the tourism sector itself. Due to its reputation amongst the foreigners frequenting India, the tourism industry has provided lots of facilities to make the stay a memorable one. Kerala is enriched with lots of fascinating tourist spots like forts and palaces, museums, historical monuments, hill stations, backwaters and beaches. A well known place for being culturally-inclined, Kerala has attracted people for its mesmerizing music, dance, lifestyle and handicrafts. Festivals and fairs are an affair to remember here. If one wants to experience how it’s like being in the lap of nature, Kerala is one tourist spot to look out for.

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Kerala Tour Travel Company – Representation of Culture through Dances in Kerala: Part 2

In the previous section we discussed how important dances are the part of Kerala’s culture and tradition starting from Kathkali here are some other important dance forms of this place. Mohiniyattam, it is a sacred dance form performed for the most part in the temples on special occasions. Also famous as Kerala Nadanam, it contains primarily the dance moves depicting the subject of love of God performed by female dancers, though the dress of the dance artist is very simple with golden bordered white saris with very minimal makeup. Thirvathirakali, is an Onam dance form exclusively done on the Onam festival in Kerala. Also famous as Kaikottikali, it is carried out by male and female dancers in a circle. Theyyam, it is a sacred dance or devotional act for the Goddess Kali. Also famous as Kaliyatom or Thirayattom, is done without much of a makeup or heavy decorated dresses. Muddiyettu, it is a full-fledged dance form with lots of make-up on the dance artists with colourful decorated dresses. This dance signifies the sense of magnificence and accomplishment. Sangha kali, it is a dance form containing various martial art and fight sequences, sometimes it is done with real weapons like swords, dagger etc. Also famous as Sastrakali, Chathirakali or Vatrakali, the dancers have to undergo special exercise and weapon training regime to be fit for this specific dance.

Kolkalli, it is a group dance form usually done by the group of twenty four dancers on the percussion tunes made by special instruments and wooden sticks. Ottamthullal, like Kathakali it is also a story or sequence displaying dance. It was formulated by a famous poet of Kerala, Kalakkaththu Kunchan Nambiar usually it is performed on the tunes of mridangam and idakka. Krishnanattom, popularly done in the Guruvayur temple while offerings are made to Lord Krishna, this dance form is devoted to Lord Krishna itself. Koodiyattam, it is not only dance but a sort of dance drama in the language Sanskrit, performed by male and female dancers on the very complex but soothing music theme. Poorakkali, in the month of meenam this dance is carried out in the honour of Bhagavathy temples all across Kerala, it is a very complex dance containing difficult moves. As Kerala Tour Travel Company apart from the above there are other dance forms like Chakyar koothu, Kooth, Ramanattom, Ashtapadi Attom, Patakom, Kakkarissi kali, Dappu kali, Poykkuluau kali, Koothamoori, Panna, Sarpam thullal, Kaavadiyattom, Oppana, Parichamuttu Kali, Kampada Vu Kali, Thookam, Thumpi Thullal, Kummi, Morgam Kali, Arjuna Nritham, Kummatti, Gurudan Thookam, Thuyattu, Thirayattom etc.

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Kerala Tour Travel Company – Representation of Culture through Dances in Kerala: Part 1

India is a culturally rich country, every state of India has a different culture altogether which includes the dance forms of that specific state which is an integral part of the years old tradition and history of that place. Similarly in Kerala, there are series of such dance forms which are performed by both men and women on various occasions and otherwise. As Kerala Tour Travel Company, specifically in this state the male dance forms are much more in numbers in comparison to the female dance forms. The dances have been part of almost every religious, social or community functions that sometimes for an outsider or traveller it becomes really crucial to go through the historic facts for understanding the real purpose and occasion of each dance form. Most of these dance forms signifies or contain a story or play in it which has a deep connection to mythology or ancient stories which are represented through such dances. Hence the importance of related dresses which is usually heavy costumes, make up and expressions is very much among all dance forms in Kerala. There are more than 40 dance forms which are present in Kerala, region or community wise they are performed at various functions or events so as Kerala Tour Travel Company if you are planning to visit this place for vacations then you should at least attend one such event as it will not only give you a experience of specific dance form but you can learn a lot about the real culture and tradition of Kerala.

Starting from the most famous dance form Kathakali which means an art of story-telling, it is a unique amalgamation of dance, drama, music, acting, percussion, mythology, cultures and rituals. It is one of the ancient dance forms of Kerala is carries out on mythical personalities of the great epics such as Ramayana, Mahabharata and other very old scriptures. It is a male oriented dance form where the dancers are with decorated masks or heavy face make-ups, bright multi-coloured dresses, fluttering dresses and lot of heavy jewellery. This dance is performed on the beats of special wooden cylindrical drum which is less than a metre in length known as Chenda. Apart from Kerala this instrument is widely used in dances of Karnataka.

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