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
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
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.
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.
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.
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