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Vadakkan Pattukal (or Ballads of North Malabar) is a collection of Malayalam Ballads of medieval origin. These present saga of heroes like Aromal Chekavar, Thacholi Othenan, Kannappa Chekavar, Aromalunni and heroines like Unniyarcha. These northern ballads exemplify the heights of folk-poetry. These ballads are also sometimes associated with deities. Almost all these ballads show strong connections with Kalaripayattu. The oldest compositions do not date earlier than 16th century but their idiom and vocabulary seems older. The Malayalam used is devoid of Tamil and Sanskrit, and thus is probably closest to spoken idiom.[1][2]

The ballads cover a wide variety of themes ranging from the historical exploits of the legendary heroes of non-religious folk mythology to songs of lamentation and mourning. They are narratives full of dramatic tension: the main characters belong to the Nayar or Thiyya communities, and are distinguished for their valour, military skill and sense of honour. (Contrastingly there are few songs which do not follow this commonality. “Adirajavinte Pattukatha” has a Muslim hero in it while the hero of “Karumparambil Kannante Katha” uses not his valour but his intelligence and tricks to win over the enemies.) Family feuds often provide the background or foreground of these stories in verse. Odenan, Aromal, Unniyarcha, Komappan, Chandu, Kelu, Alikutty and Kannan are a few of the unforgettable characters who figure in these ballads.

Malayalam Movies based on Vadakkan Pattu[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sujit Mukherjee, A Dictionary of Indian Literature (Orient Longman Publications, 1998, ISBN 81-250-1453-5), page 406
  2. ^ Vadakkan and Thekkan Pattukal.(Sri Rama Vilasom Press, 1967), pages 128–148

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17 news items

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sun, 28 Feb 2016 16:08:23 -0800

It is believed that Kumki, a warrior woman referred to in the Vadakkan Pattukal, lived at a fort on the banks of the pond, says O.N. Rajappan, a veteran journalist who had studied about the legend. A temple was also situated on the banks of the pond ...

Times of India

Times of India
Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:36:18 -0800

The film, which will be an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, will have North Malabar as the backdrop and will take inspiration from its ballads, the Vadakkan Pattukal. Kunal will be essaying the role of Chandu Chekavar, the infamous hero of the ...

The Indian Express

The Indian Express
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:30:47 -0800

Inspired by Vadakkan Pattukal, the medieval ballads of the region, the film also makes an abundant use of Kalaripayattu. This is not his first adaptation of one of the Bard's plays. In 1997, Jayaraj adapted Othello, with Kerala's Theyyam festivals as a ...

Times of India

Times of India
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:57:44 -0800

Actor Kunal Kapoor will now be seen in a completely new and a different avatar. The actor has been appreciated for his performances in various films like 'Meenaxi', 'Rang De Basanti' and 'Laga Chunari Mein Dag'. This time, his fans will see him in a ...

Bollywood Life

Bollywood Life
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:08:43 -0800

After the much-admired Ottal, Jayaraj's movie will be an adaption of Shakespeare's Macbeth. The film will have the North Malabar setting and the makers will take inspiration from its Ballads, the Vadakkan Pattukal. Donning the role of Chandu Chekavar ...

Desimartini

Desimartini
Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:22:30 -0800

The movie will have the North Malabar setting and the makers will take inspiration from its ballads, the Vadakkan Pattukal. Actor Kunal will be donning on the role of Chandu Chekavar the infamous hero of the stories in the ballads. Martial expert ...

Bollywood Helpline

Bollywood Helpline
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 06:41:39 -0800

Kunal Kapoor who is much known for his phenomenal acting prowess and his choice of intense characters will now be seen in a completely new and a different avatar. The actor has been appreciated for his performances in various films like Meenaxi, Rang ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:07:30 -0700

Folk songs and ballads – early ones such as Nalupadam in Yatrakali and Payyannur Pattola and those of a later date such as Vadakkan Pattukal, Thekkan Pattukal and Mappila Pattukal – expanded the lore of native culture. Ramacharitham (12th century) ...
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