Month: Mid of January
Place: Kovalam (Kerala), India
Highlights: Folk Dance, Cultural Performances, Delicacies, Handicrafts, etc.
Kerala village fair is a 10 day celebration held in the month of January next to the shores of the eminent Kovalam Beach in Kerala. The fair is a potpourri of many cultural events that are rejoiced around the lush villages of this beachside destination. During this fair the traditional thatched houses are stunningly adorned, which serve as the venue for the events.
An emblematic village in Kerala is called ‘Grammam’. A Grammam features many conventional Nalukettu houses as well as teashops that are called ‘Chayakkada’. Nalukettu the conventional thatched houses are amazingly adorned during this fair and they serve as the backdrop for musical festivities and dance performances.
Kerala Village fair recreates the reminiscence of the erstwhile era that accented on ethnic charm as well as simplicity. Astrologers, sorcerers and artisans are the major attractions of this fair. They provide the glimpse of Kerala’s prosperous history to the spectators.
Traditions: Nalukettu is the time-honored upper class home that is a quadrangular mansion constructed with tiles and woods. The mansion features a central open corridor as well as a courtyard. The dormer windows & huge pillars symbolize Kerala’s traditional architectural style. The Nalukettu also features many precious antiques like Mahogany & Sandalwood, Spice Bowls, Priceless Furniture in Teak, and Shields & Swords Jewelry Boxes with Ethnic Jewelry. Musical instruments, palmyra fans, majestic wooden beds with four posters and household utensils perfectly recreate the charm of bygone era.
Embellished with a flowery decoration in the courtyard famous as ‘Pookalam’, the traditional houses look compelling when the village girls cuddling in ethnic attire perform ‘Thiruvathirakali’ around a tall brass-lamp.
By the dusk, almost every dance form including martial art form & others are held in an open-air theatre of the Grammam. A number classical dance forms such as Kathakali and Mohiniyattam with folk and traditional dances like Opanna are performed by artists.
Other ceremonial folk arts like Villupattu, Theyyam, Panchavadyam, Pulikali, Kakkarisi, Bhajans and Thullal are also presented. Spectators and visitors revel in tender coconut & the traditional refreshing keralan tea with tangy lemon juice at one of the numerous Chayakkada. Delicacies like Kappa & Meen or Puttu & Kandala are also served during this fair. Guests can also buy handicrafts at Kamalgramam.