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.
Malayalam Movies based on Vadakkan Pattu
1. Unniyarcha (1961) 2. Palattukoman (1962) 3. Thacholi Othenan (1964) 4. Othenante Makan (1970) 5. Aromalunni (1972) 6. Ponnapuram Kotta (1973) 7. Ara Kallan Mukkal Kallan (1974) 8. Thacholi Marumakan Chandu (1974) 9. Thumbolaracha (1974) 10. Kannappanunni (1977) 11. Thacholi Ambu (1978) 12. Kadathanattu Makkam (1978) 13. Palattu Kunjikannan (1980) 14. Oru Vadakkan Veera Gatha (1988) 15. Kadathanadan Ambadi (1990) 16. Puthuram Puthri Unniyarcha (2002)
- ^ Sujit Mukherjee, A Dictionary of Indian Literature (Orient Longman Publications, 1998, ISBN 81-250-1453-5), page 406
- ^ Vadakkan and Thekkan Pattukal.(Sri Rama Vilasom Press, 1967), pages 128–148
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) ...
Times of India
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:14:13 -0700
KANNUR: It is development versus politics in Kannur where everyone literally has a feeling within that he or she is a protagonist in the Vadakkan Pattukal - the ballads of north Malabar that celebrate chivalry and valour. But, departing from traditions ...
The New Indian Express
The New Indian Express
Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:18:45 -0800
Her one such production was 'Unniyarcha,' which is a thorough inspiration from 'Vadakkan Pattukal'. “This was an innovation of a singular kind in the field of mohiniyattam, where for the very first time elements of Kalaripayattu were incorporated into ...
Mon, 04 Jul 2011 04:13:42 -0700
Ponnyam, a sleepy village near Thalassery in Kannur, Kerala, boasts of the martial feats of two legendary warriors in a poithu (combat) in a distant past that still lives in the folklores of Vadakkan Pattukal (northern ballads). The fight between ...
Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:36:42 -0700
There was her Unniarcha, inspired from Vadakkan Pattukal, meaning 'the ballads of North Malabar', which had incorporated elements of Kalaripayattu, the 2,000-year-old martial art tradition of Kerala, considered to be the mother of all martial arts ...
Tue, 06 Sep 2011 02:08:36 -0700
Businessman cum film producer Gokulam Gopalan, who shot to fame after making 'Pazhassi Raja', has finalised Kamal Haasan for his next, which is again a historical about Tipu Sultan and Unniarcha. Speaking to reporters, Gopalan said Kamal Haasan has ...
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