is at the heart of the Dravidian culture and tradition. The
culture of Tamil Nadu had been developed and evolved over
2000 years, and it is still flourishing. The three great
dynasties of Pandya, Pallavas and Cholas who ruled Tamil
Nadu in the ancient India, played their major roles in
developing this vibrant cultural tradition. During their
reign, Tamil Nadu witnessed great strides in art, literature
Bharatnatyam and Carnatic music are the part of Tamil Nadu
culture, and so are the filter coffee anthe millennia-old
heritage of this land, as are its grand architecture and
majestic temples, and exquisite bronze and Tanjore plates.
and dosa. Kanchipuram sarees are as much part of Tamil is
one of the oldest and richest languages of India, whose
literature dates back to the Sangam Age, a golden period
which lasted from 100BC to 300AD. It is one of the few
Indian languages, whose initial development was independent
of Sanskrit, though in the later centuries, Sanskrit
influence in terms of grammar, vocabulary and literary
styles were evident. Today Tamil, with its rich literature
dating from 'Tholkappiyam' and 'Thirukkural' is a language
of the majority of the people of Tamil Nadu, and an
expression of their culture.
The main religion of Tamil Nadu is Hinduism but there are
Tamil people with Christianity, Islam and even Jainism and
Buddhism as their religion. In Hinduism there are many sects
and caste system, and in Tamil Nadu, this caste system is
not that blurred. Even now there are many differences in the
culture between one sect and the other in Tamil Nadu.
In Tamil Nadu, the spirit of festivity grips the state of
affairs now and then. Tamils take classical music seriously,
and they have a singular festival of Carnatic music, which
is known as the Thyagaraja Festival. It is being held
annually in the month of January, at the town of
Thiruvariyar, which happens to be the birth place of the
famous singer and poet Thyagaraja. Besides of course,
Dusshera, Diwali, Holi and Pongal are celebrated in the
state, with lots of gaiety and grandeur.
Costumes of Tamil Nadu
Indian costumes have earned their global recognition, on the
strength of their beauty and elegance. Many admire and love
Indian costumes a lot, specially the costumes of Tamil Nadu.
Sarees have a special place in the costumes of Tamil Nadu,
and are an essential part of the state's heritage. Read More...
Handicrafts of Tamil NaduTamil Nadu has a rich
heritage in handicrafts, which has evolved over centuries.
They have been exuding grace and beauty since ages, and
decorating millions of homes across the globe. Tanjore
paintings, the craft of making musical instruments, metal
ware, pottery, woodcraft and stone carving are some of the
exquisite handicrafts of Tamil Nadu.
Dances of Tamil Nadu
The dances of Tamil Nadu are almost synonymous with
Bharatnatyam. Bhava, which is expression, Raga, which is the
musical mode, and Tala which is rhythm, are the three main
attributes which make up the exquisite dance form of
Languages of Tamil Nadu Tamil is the main language of
Tamil Nadu. Tamil is one of the oldest languages of India,
and it is still in very much usage. The language has two
forms, namely the spoken or colloquial form and the written
form. It has a great literary tradition. Among the Dravidian
languages, Tamil has the oldest extant literature.