Kerala has several art classical art forms that are unique to Kerala. It is known all over the world by its own performing art form, the Kathakali. "Katha" means story and "Kali" stands for dance.
Kathakali is a highly stylised classical dance-drama noted for its attractive make-up of characters, their elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion..
Kerala has a rich set of folk dances. They are highly developed and got refined over time and have unique music and costume for each. Most of these are performed in connection with harvests, sowing of seeds, religious or community festivals etc. Many of these dances are performed by men alone, some exclusively by women. There are few dance forms in which men and women perform together. Most prominent ones are Theyyam, Thiruvathira kali, Oppana, Parichmuttukali, Margom kali, Kuthiyottam, Kavadiyattam, Thirayattam, Pulikali etc.

Theater in Malayalam started getting popular in the late 19th century, after Valia Koyil Thampuran's translation of Kalidasa's Sakuntala in1882. With the rise of Communism, drama became popular as an expression of the revolutionary zeal of the emerging political culture. Popular dramatists are Thoppil Bhasi, C. J. Thomas, Krishna Pillai, NN Pillai, KT Muhammed, who contributed to evolving the Malayalam drama into the mainstream.
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Narendra Prasad was a man who proved his resourcefulness in different arenas including actor, playwright, director, teacher and literary critic. He was born at Mavelikkara in Alappuzha District of Kerala on December 26, 1946.

Film music (playback music) is the most popular music in Malayalam, as the other Indian languages. From the 1950s, musicians like V. Dakshinamurthy, K. Raghavan , G. Devarajan and M.S. Babu Raj and lyricists like P. Bhaskaran , O.N.V. Kurup and Vayalar Rama Varma revolutionised the Malayalam film music, thus creating an identity of its own. K.J. Yesudas, who debuted in 1961 became the most popular Malayalam singer ever.

The tradition of painting in Kerala goes as far back as can be conceived. Drawing large figures of deities such as Bhagavathy and Bhadrakali has been in vogue either as Kalamezhuthu or in some other form.
Mylanchi or henna tattooing is an art the women of Kerala have practiced since eternity. Tainting their .

Malayalam literature is about thousand years old, but Ramacharitam written in 12th Century is the earliest known work to start distinguish itself in terms of Malayalam language. From the late 19th century, it has produced a number of poets, playwrights, novelists, critics etc, thus enriching the Malayalam literature.
The mimicry artists in Kerala have molded the art form to an unique package of entertainment by often combining mimicking actors, politicians and other artists along with comedy skits, drama and music. The popular comedy serial in Cinemala has been one of the most watched programme on Malayalam cable channels. Cochin Kalabhavan has produced a number of professional mimicry artists who have later proven their overall artistic skills in several areas.