Zamorin (Samoothiri;, Portuguese: Samorim, Dutch: Samorijn) of Calicut is the hereditary royal title used by the Hindu rulers of the medieval Kingdom of Calicut on Malabar Coast. The Zamorins ruled for almost six centuries, between 12th and 18th century AD based at the city of Calicut, the one of most important trading centres in South […]
Posted at July 3, 2017 | 6:23 am.
Thiruvathirakali is a group dance performed by the ladies on the auspicious day of Thiruvathira,the birth day of Lord Shiva, in the Malayalam month of Dhanu(December-January). The purpose of the dance is to attain everlasting marital bliss and for the longevity of the spouse.The dance celebrates female energy (shakthi) which brought back to life Kamadeva […]
Posted at June 19, 2017 | 10:49 am.
Kappad finds mention in history and geography texts as the gateway to the Malabar Coast. Here, on 27th May 1498, 170 men led by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) sailed in and stepped into Kerala to create a new chapter in history; the story of a long and momentous socio-political relationship between India […]
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Pulluvan pattu is a mystical artform once prevelant in many parts of Kerala.Pulluvan pattu is basically a form of snake worship done either in temples or houses.The Pulluvan and his spouse the Pulluvathi,perform this song to the accompaniment of the Pulluvan veena and kudam.The songs are meant as an appeasement to the snake gods. Legends […]
Posted at June 17, 2017 | 5:46 am.
Beypore- Dhow making tradition and neighbouring environs Beypore ,the small little hamlet situated at the mouth of the Chaliyar river close to Calicut, was once a prominent port.Once upon a time , a few centuries ago,Beypore was an important sea faring center for trade ,attracting Arabs and Chinese and subsequently the Portugese.Beypore has a tradition […]
Posted at June 16, 2017 | 7:02 am.
Theyyams and Thiras are ritual dance performances performed in a kaavu(grove) or temple premises of Malabar area of North Kerala.While in theyyam ,the performer is deemed as God himself,in thira the performer is deemed as being possessed by God. This more than 800 year old ritualistic festival is held usually between the months of […]
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Bilathikulam,the residential suburb where Harivihar homestead is located has been blessed with the presence of many artists and scholars at various times. Great sculptors like Artist Nambooothiri, writers like M.T.Vasudevan Nair etc used to live here.One of the same genre is Madanan, our artist next door. The diminutive fifty five year old Madanan is […]
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It was in my early childhood ,when I went to my grandmothers house for vacations,that I first had the chance to eat mambazha pulissery.A delicious yoghurt and mango based dish seasoned with cumin seeds,mustard seeds and oil,you had to pour it over hot steamed rice and relish it.It was delicate and at the same time […]
Posted at June 13, 2017 | 11:40 am.
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