Mappila songs, the traditional folk Muslim songs

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Mappila Paatt or Mappila song is traditional folk songs popular in the Malabar region of Kerala among the Muslim community. Singing of these songs is considered to be a part of their religious ceremonies like marriage and so on. The lyrics of these songs are a perfect blend of Malayalam and Arabic languages.

The rhythm of these songs is a perfect blend of Arabic and Malayalam folk tunes. These songs basically convey the beauty of fantasy, besides a reflection of ardent religious faith. Historic events also form themes for these songs. The metre of this is denoted by the term Isal.

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