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Pattu[ edit ] For the first years of the Malayalam calendarMalayalam literature remained in a preliminary stage. During this time, Malayalam literature consisted mainly of various genres of songs Pattu.

The most prominent among these were songs praising the goddesses of the land, ballads of brave warriors, songs related to the work of a particular caste and songs intended just for entertainment.

Bhadrakali pattu, thottam pattu,Mappila pattu, mavaratham pattu, sasthanga pattu, nizhalkoothu pattu, sarpa pattu, cherukathakal in malayalam pattu, thiyyattu pattu, pulluvar pattu, mannar pattu, panar pattu, krishi pattu, thamburan pattu, pada pattu, villadichan pattu, onappattu, kummi and lullaby were some of the major subgenres.

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These names were not cherukathakal in malayalam historically, but are used in modern times to describe the song genres of that time. It is the oldest Malayalam book available. The collection has 1, poems in it.

Ramacharitham mainly consists of stories from the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana.

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Krishnan Nair, claim that the origins of the book can be found in north Kerala. They cite the use of certain words in the book and cherukathakal in malayalam the fact that cherukathakal in malayalam manuscript of the book was recovered from Neeleshwaram in north Kerala.

Rajaraja Varma, who heavily contributed to the development of Malayalam grammar, is of the opinion that Malayalam originated from ancient Tamil.


Ramacharitham is considered a book written during the formative years of Malayalam. Hermann Gundertwho compiled the first dictionary of the Malayalam language, Ramacharitham shows the ancient style of the Malayalam language. Manipravalam While the Cherukathakal in malayalam school flourished among certain sections of the society, the literature of the elite was composed in the curious mixture of Sanskrit and Malayalam which is referred to as Manipravalammani meaning ruby Malayalam and pravalam meaning coral Sanskrit.

It points out that the rules of Sanskrit prosody should be followed in Manipravalam poetry. This particular school of poetry was patronised by the upper classes, especially the Nambudiris. Dramatic performances given in Koothambalamsknown by the names of Cherukathakal in malayalam and Koodiyattomoften used Sanskrit and Malayalam.

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In Koodiyattom, the clown vidooshaka is allowed to use Malayalam while the hero recites slokas in Sanskrit. Tholana legendary court poet in the period of cherukathakal in malayalam Kulasekhara kings, is believed to have started this practice. The earliest of these works in the Manipravalam school is Vaisika Tantram written in the 13th century.

It contains about quatrains in Sanskrit metres and is in the form of professional advice given to a prostitute or courtesan by cherukathakal in malayalam mother. Each quatran is composed with care and due weight is given to the rules of rhetoric.

Several quatrains of this type are quoted in Lilathilakam by way of illustration for the several rules of grammar and rhetoric. The most representative of the early Manipravalam cherukathakal in malayalam are the tales of courtesans Achi Charitams and the Message Poems Sandesa Kavyas.

Unniyachi Charitam, Unnichiruthevi Charitam and Unniyadi Charitam are examples of the former type which is known by the name champu.

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The Padya verse portion is in Sanskrit metres and the Gadya prose portion is mostly in Dravidian metres. Authorship of Unniyachi Charitam and Unnichiruthevi Charitam is not known and cherukathakal in malayalam a portion of the works is now available.

Unniyadi Charitam, which also exists in a fragmented form, is supposed to be written by Damodara Chakkiar.