Mappila Paatt or the folk Muslim songs of north Kerala
Presented here is a Mappila song or Mappila Paatt, the popular folk Muslim songs of Malabar region in Kerala.
Mappila Songs use a colloquial blend of Malayalam and Arabic languages. Sometimes languages like Tamil, Persian, Kannada and Hindi also find their place in these songs.
The themes of this song may be diverse- devotion, love, satire, heroism. The rhythm of these songs is a perfect blend of Arabic and Malayalam folk tunes. Their metre is denoted by the term Isal. Traditionally, they were transferred from one generation to another orally.