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Culture of Lakshadweep

Earlier History | Culture  | Facts & Figures | Beaches  | Cuisines | Festivals | Around Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep Culture presents a pulsating forum of diversified customs and rituals. Predominantly inhabited by followers of Islamic religion, the people of Lakshadweep celebrate many folk festivals by performing the popular Dance form Lava. Adding color to the cultural vibrancy of the island are the two art variations Parichakali and Kolkali.

A confluence of 36 incredibly ecstatic islands, Lakshadweep earns a major share of its revenue through the tourism industry. The cultural reserve of the island is quite enviable as it owes its origin to a very old time period. The historical records states that in the wee hours of seventh century,

Lakshadweep and its culture was very much in the forefront.

It is believed that Hazrat Ubaidullah, the prophet and founder of Islam in Lakshadweep, inspired the Hindu people of the ancient island to convert their religion. This way the popularity of Islam took place in Lakshadweep and today each and every person of the place religiously follow the traditions of Muslim sects.

Since Lakshadweep is situated near one of the beautiful states of India Kerala it is but obvious that there are enough evidences of the cultural influence of that place are found in abundance. For one, the main diet of Lakshadweep is rice which is also the same in Kerala.

The religious customs that are followed by the people of Lakshadweep are all a part of the age-old religion which has moulded the beliefs of the local people in its own ways. From Muharram, Bakrid to Mild-Un-Nabi and Id-Ul-Fitr, the festivals symbolizes the vibrant culture of Lakshadweep.

People of the island are known for their honest and jovial nature with which they make the Lakshadweep Culture a strong and attractive dimension of the place.

Arts and Crafts Before the 7 th century, the population of Lakshadweep comprised mainly of the Hindus who were later converted to Islam. This explains the cultural mingling of art and crafts in Lakshadweep. Culturally, the people of Lakshadweep resemble very much with the Keralites. This finds reflection in Lakshadweep arts and crafts too. Read More...

Music Lakshadweep music, like its culture is reminiscent of Kerala because the people who inhabit Lakshadweep originally hailed from Kerala. Even the language used, i.e. Malayalam, is same for both the places. Till 7 th century the predominating religion was Hinduism which changed later with the coming of arrival of Hazrat Ubaidullah and today 93% of the population of Lakshadweep are Muslims. Over the years, these incidents resulted in the development of a new cultural fabric interwoven with the old. Today, music of Lakshadweep is highly influenced by Islam. Read More...

Dance Lakshadweep Dance as any other art form of this union territory resembles that of Kerala due to its historical past. The young men of Lakshadweep are known to perform some spirited folk dances that contributes to the fabric of Lakshadweep culture as a whole. Read More...

Religion Lakshadweep Religion depicts a rather mystique historic tale. Representing Islam as the foremost faith of the local people, the profile of religion in Lakshadweep also comprises of Hinduism and Christianity. However, the government data shows that the majority of the population in the island falls under the category of Muslim religion. Read More...



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