Malayalam Music is an age old form of Indian music that is exemplified by its unique instrumental beats. It belongs to the state of Kerala whose cultural legacy and philosophical values are incorporated in the music and songs. As the state is known for its magical wonders with respect to scenic beauty and nature's charm, so is the charm and magic of Malayalam music. Kerala's wondrous beauty and cultural heritage is deep rooted in the outstanding music and songs.
The traditional form of Malayalam music is Sopana Music or Sopana Sangeetam that was influenced from the Bhakti Cult Movement held in Kerala. This form clearly expresses the feelings and different moods of the singer or the actor. Then was introduced the melam form that is mainly performed during festivals and temple rituals. After that many other genres were introduced with the introduction of new musical instruments and advancements in music industry.
Some of the common types popular in the present day are folk, pop, rock, hip-hop, and movie songs. Folk songs have beautiful lyrics with amazing beats and rhythm and are mostly characterized by the lifestyle or profession of some known or recognized personality. 'Pulayas' is one of those whose lifestyle, profession, and beliefs is widely acclaimed in a bunch of Malayalam folk songs. A bunch of these songs are also attributed to the Malayalam literature including the popular Vatakkan Pattukal and Thekkan Pattukal dealing with varieties of themes and expressions. Many of the folk songs are originally poems that are beautifully transformed into melodious songs with greater energy and dynamism.
With the growing popularity of this genre of music, Malyalam movie songs also became popular on the chart busters. There are many movies whose popularity revolves in and around the hit numbers. Soundtracks in the movies are mind blowing and keep the viewers calm yet energetic before the screen.
The modern styles like rap, rock, and hip-hop music have also influenced the Malayalam genre in a great way. Fused with westernization, the form of music has become even more rocking and astounding. Every time songs are played listeners are drawn towards the dance floor or are forced to tap their feet on the energetic musical beats.
Chitra, Sreekumar, Yesudas, and Jayachandran are the iconic Malayalam singers who have created their own prominent place in the industry. The introduction of internet has made the reach to wide number of songs more easy, convenient, and comfortable. Hot numbers sung by these singers are available for free download on various online sources.