Vadakkan Pattukal is a collection of Malayalam Ballads of medieval origin. These present saga of heroes like Aromal Chekavar, Thacholi Othenan, Kannappa Chekavar, Aromalunni and heroines like Unniarcha. These northern ballads exemplify the heights of folk-poetry. These ballads are also sometimes associated with deities. Almost all these ballads show strong connections with Kalaripayattu. The oldest compositions do not date earlier than 16th century but their idiom and vocabulary seems older. The Malayalam used is devoid of Tamil and Sanskrit, and thus is probably closest to spoken idiom.
- ↑ Sujit Mukherjee, A Dictionary of Indian Literature (Orient Longman Publications, 1998, ISBN 8125014535), Page 406
- ↑ Vadakkan and Thekkan Pattukal.(Sri Rama Vilasom Press, 1967),Page 128 - 148