Kollam Culture

The culture of Kollam lies in its religious festivals, art, education system and business. People of different religions coexist on the land of Kollam. Therefore culture of Kollam can be classified as a mixture of few cultures. People of each community celebrate different occasions and festivals according to their individual religious tradition.

Few of the non-Hindu festivals highly celebrated in Kollam includes Christmas, Easter and Muharram. The Hindu festivals are organized in different parts of the year. Few of the highly acclaimed Hindu festivals in Kollam include Kollam Pooram, Onam. Religious tolerance is one of the key features of the Kollam culture. The religious festivals in Kollam are attended by people of varied religions.

The people of Kollam mainly speak in Malayalam, which is the official language of Kollam district. There are few other languages that are widely spoken in the city such as Tamil, Telegu and Kannada. One of the most used and popular foreign language of Kollam is English.

Few festivals are celebrated not only as religious traditions, but as a mark of remembrance of the cultural tradition of Kollam. One of such festivals is Oachirakkali. The sword-fight is conducted in this festival to commemorate the historic battle of Kayamkulam fought between the Raja of Kayamkulam and the Maharaja of Travancore.

Traditionally, Kollam is rich in business. The tradition continues till date. The processing industry and the cashew trading in Kollam has helped considerably in the richness of the economy of Kerala state.

Dance and music are integral components of the culture in Kollam. The city is popular for the various dance programs and musical ceremonies that prevail all through the year. From the ancient times the people of Kollam practiced several dance forms, namely Kathakali.

The culture of Kollam bears supremacy in education. The literacy rate recorded in the city is an excess of 90%. There are recognized colleges and universities in the city, which impart education not only to the students of Kollam but to that of other states.

There are many famous personalities who have added to the richness of Kollam culture. Paravoor K.C. Kesava Pillai was a famed poet, playwright and prose-writer. He is famous for his musical work known as Sadarma. Kesaveeyam is another significant work of his, written in Malayalam. Other notable personalities who are remembered for their outstanding contributions to the art and culture of Kollam include E.V. Krishna Pillai and C.V. Kunjuraman, T.M. Varghese and Sanku Pillai.

Last Updated on 9/15/2011