ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Voyage of Vellinezhi

The first Kalagramam of Kerala, the cultural village of Vellinezhi and its many art forms are steeped in rich artistic heritage of the region.

Vellinezhi is a small hamlet filled with palm trees and paddy fields near Palakkad. Home to many art forms and folklore, this village has played a pivotal role in implementing the art policy of the state to preserve its rich cultural heritage.

Vellinezhi village, on the banks of the Kunti river, is home to 70 art forms, including Kathakali, Krishnanattam (temple dance drama on the life of Krishna), and Pulluvan Pattu (ritualistic serpent worship). In a bid to preserve and promote its cultural heritage, it was declared a Kalagramam (cultural village) by the state government in 2012. The history of this artistic village dates back to 8th century CE, during the Chera era, when the geographical area between Nila and Kunthi rivers from Kalladikode to Pallippuram were known as Nedunganadu Keezhthala.

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Updated On : 22nd Mar, 2019
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