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Mappila songs, the traditional folk Muslim songs

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.