The Naadanpattu of Kerala or Kerala folk songs narrate unrecorded tales of the land and people. These lyrical songs are evoked from the emotions and simple wisdom of agrestic folk. The toiling group of boatmen, peasants and farmers forgets the monotony of their humdrum life by humming these melodious songs.
Almost every aspect of life and occasions such as childbirth, marriage, festivals, the glee of the harvest season, weddings, war, the union of man and woman, mythology and religion and death finds a place in Kerala folksongs. Maappila Pattukal, Palli Pattukal, Onapaattukal, Vilpaattu, Vanchipattukal and vadakkan pattukal, are some of these native songs of different castes and communities of Kerala.