Villu Pattu- the ancient story telling art in Kerala

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Villu Pattu or Villadichan Pattu is an art form found in south Indian states Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It was very popular in Travancore kingdom which included southern districts of Kerala and parts of Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu. It is still prevalent in these regions , especially during temple festivals.The songs are usually based on Hindu mythology.

History of Villu Pattu

  1. Villu Pattu is an ancient art form without the clear history of origin
  2. One version on its origin suggests it was originated in 15th century CE by Arasa Pulavar
  3. This art for was prevelant among chettiar and nadar castes
  4. In modern times it is performed during festivals especially in Devi temples


  1. A bow is kept in stage and performance starts
  2. The performers group as two teams and ask questions and answers it
  3. The chief storyteller narrates the story along with songs
  4. He beats the bow according to the rhythm and changes facial expressions
  5. Once the storyteller finishes a line , the team mate repeats it or say “aamma” in agreement

Musical instruments used in Villu Pattu

  1. A villu ( bow)
  2. Veesu kol
  3. Udukku
  4. Thala Kattai
  5. Mridangam
  6. Cymbals

Where to watch Villu Pattu

  1. It can be seen at temple festivals , especially in Devi temples
  2. It is a competition item in school youth festivals

How to reach


Trivandrum International airport is the airport in Southern Kerala. It has flights to:

  1. Dubai
  2. Kuwait
  3. Kula Lumpur
  4. Colombo
  5. Singapore. etc

There are flight to Indian domestic destinations such as

  1. Kochi
  2. Delhi
  3. Mumbai
  4. Bangalore and
  5. Chennai


Trains are available from Thiruvananthapuram to major destinations in India like:

  1. New Delhi
  2. Mumbai
  3. Kanyakumari
  4. Bangalore
  5. Chennai

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