Pulluvan Pattu (songs by pulluvan)



The musical instruments used by the Pulluvar are pulluvan veena (a on stringed violin), pulluvan kutam (earthernware pot with on string attached to it) and thaalam (bell-metal cymbals). These instruments are made by the Pulluvar themselves. The Veena is made out of a hollow bamboo stick, wood shell and vegetal or brass wire. The Veena is played with a small arrow made out of a piece of bamboo. The kutam is made of a pot on whose bottom a hole is bored with calf skin is attached to the hole. Two small holes are made on the side where the skin is attached, and a string is tied to it. The other end of the string is tied to the end of a long stick. On the side where the string is attached to the stick is placed a small splint to elevate the stick. In orer to restrict the movement of the stick, the other end is stamped down by the foot of the player. The string is called theru

A Pulluvan is a male member (female Pulluvatti ) of low caste group called Pulluvar.

Most of the art forms of the Pulluvar are ritualistic. Most of their songs are related to worship, ritual, custom and exorcism. The pulluva art is expressed in the background of snake-worship, ghost worship and magic