Survey, Mapping and Documentation of Performing Arts Forms of Lakshadweep

Folk Songs
Lakshadweep has a strong tradition of folk songs. The marriage season during the monsoons was filled with songs created by and sung by the mostly
uneducated women of the islands, both at marriages and other important celebrations. Kaikkottippattu and Mangalappattu are two categories of
songs which are still prevalent and have been documented by the Sangeet Natak Akademi team. Mappilappattu was another stream of songs in times
past. Arabi Malayalam is the language of these songs. Yusuff Kissa Pattu written by A.I. Muthukoya Thangal of Andrott is very popular as a narrative
tradition. Singing along with explanation of the lines is part of the performance in this genre of songs.

DOLLIPATTU  still has strong roots in Lakshadweep. It keeps the feeling of togetherness of the islanders alive.

These songs evolved mainly from the Sufi tradition. Lines from the Thauheed Mala are sung in the main. The Dollipattu tradition comes from the tradition of the Thareekhath movement.

OBELA songs are traditional action songs at the time of launching the Odam or rowing the Odam.

ULAKKAMUTTU  is another form of dance which requires much skill and precision. It is performed by males only.
Any slight distraction can cause disaster by way of injury to the dancers. Constant and tough practice is required to make one proficient in this folk dance.