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The people of Kerala have a rich collection of traditional songs that are sung during the grand carnival of Onam. These captivating Onam songs are passed from generation to generation.

Onam Songs

Music loving people of Kerala have created songs for every major event of Onam. These Onam songs are collectively called Onapattukal and undoubtedly add to the vibrancy of the festivities. These songs are carried forward from generation to generation and people take great pleasure in singing them. As the festival of Onam is celebrated to welcome the holy spirit of legendary King Mahabali, most of the songs are in the praise of him. Apart from songs centring King Mahabali, other type of songs are also sung on Onam. Most loved are the Boat Songs called Vanchipattu, sung during the grand Snake Boat Race. Swing or Oonjal is another important part of Onam festivities. There are numerous folk songs dedicated to this particular tradition. It is indeed a treat to eyes witnessing young men and women dressed in their traditional attire, make merry singing melodious folk songs while doing Oonjal Attam (swinging). Some of the songs are listed below for you to enjoy.

Onam Folk Songs

Kuttanadan Punjayile
Movie: Kavalam Chundan

Kuttanadan Punjayile
Thai Thai Thaka Thai Thai Thom
Kochu Penne Kuyilale
Thithatha Thithai Thai
Kottu Venam Kuzhal Venam
Kurava Venam

O Thithithara Thithithai
Thithai Thithai Thaka Thai

Varavelkanalu Venam
Kodi Thoranangal Venam
Vijayashree Laalitharai
Varunnu Njangal

O Thithithara Thithithai
Thithai Thithai Thaka Thai

Karutha Chiraku Vachu
Thai Thai Thaka Thai Thai Thom
Arayanna Kili Pole
Thithatha Thithai Thai
Kuthicu Kuthichu Payum
Kuthira Pole

O Thithithara Thithithai
Thithai Thithai Thaka Thai

Tholviyenthennariyatha
Thala Thazhthanariyatha
Kavalam Chundanitha
Jayichu Vannoo

O Thithithara Thithithai
Thithai Thithai Thaka Thai

Kuttanadan Punjayile
Kochu Penne Kuyilale
Kottu Venam Kuzhal Venam
Kurava Venam

O Thithithara Thithithai
Thithai Thithai Thaka Thai

Pambayile Ponnolangal
Thai Thai Thaka Thai Thai Thom
Odi Vannu Punarunnu
Thithatha Thithai Thai
Thanka Veyil Nettiyinmel
Pottu Kuthunnoo

O Thithithara Thithithai
Thithai Thithai Thaka Thai
Thengolakal Ponnolakal
Madi Madi Vilikkunnu
Thennal Vannu Venchamaram
Veeshitharaunnoo

O Thithithara Thithithai
Thithai Thithai Thaka Thai

Kuttanadan Punjayile
Kochu Penne Kuyilale
Kottu Venam Kuzhal Venam
Kurava Venam

O Thithithara Thithithai
Thithai Thithai Thaka Thai

Chambakkulam Pallikkoru
Thai Thai Thaka Thai Thai Thom
Vallam Kali Perunnalu
Thithatha Thithai Thai
Ambalappuzhayiloru
Kuthu Vilakku

O Thithithara Thithithai
Thithai Thithai Thaka Thai

Karumadikkuttaninnu
Panineer Kavadiyattam
Kavilammakkinnu Rathri
Garudan Thookkam

O Thithithara Thithithai
Thithai Thithai Thaka Thai

Kuttanadan Punjayile
Kochu Penne Kuyilale
Kottu Venam Kuzhal Venam
Kurava Venam

O Thithithara Thithithai
Thithai Thithai Thaka Thai

Varavelkanalu Venam
Kodi Thoranangal Venam
Vijayashree Laalitharai
Varunnu Njangal

O Thithithara Thithithai
Thithai Thithai Thaka Thai

Thithithara Thithithai
Thithai Thithai Thaka Thai

Uthrada Poonilave Vaa
Album: Tharangani festival Songs Volume 1

Uthrada Poonilaave Vaa
Muttathe pookkalathil
Vaadiya poovaniyil
Ithiri paal churathaan vaa...vaa..vaa
[uthrada poonilaave vaa ]

Kondal vanchi midhuna kaatil
Kondu vanna muthaarangal (2)
Mani chingam maalayaakki aninjuvallo
Pularunna ponnonathe pukazhthunna poovanangal
Puthakkum ponnaadayaayi vaa vaa vaa [uthrada poonilaave vaa ]

Thiruvonathin kodiyudukkaan
Kothikkunnu theruvin makkal (2)
Avarkkilla poomuttangal poo nirathuvaan
Vayarinte raagam ketten mayangunna vaamananmaar
Avarkkona koadiyaayi nee vaa vaa vaa [uthrada poonilaave vaa

Oru vaaku mindathe oru nokku kaanathe
Album: Kalithozhan

Oru vaaku mindathe oru nokku kaanathe
kaatu chembaka chottil nina kaatithengu poyi poonkatithengu poyi
Oru vaaku mindathe oru nokku kaanathe

dhumthananana dhumthana nanna dhumthanananadhum
dhumtha dhumthana dhumthana dhumthana dhumthanadhumna

thina vayal karayil illaveyil kathiru
olliyila karaayayi puduva neeyumbol
pulari manju nanjuninoru pavizha malarinu nalkuvan
oru muzham oru muzham poonchela vaangan poyi kullirilam kaatu

Oru vaaku mindathe oru nokku kaanathe
kaatu chembaka chottil nina kaatithengu poyi poonkatithengu poyi
Oru vaaku mindathe oru nokku kaanathe

dhumthananana dhumthana nanna dhumthanananadhum
dhumtha dhumthana dhumthana dhumthana dhumthanadhumna

thallirila kudilil killigal kurukumbol
niranila kadhirin thiritheliyunu
hridhayamonnu pidanja kanugal mazha nilavil aliyave
oru mugham oru mugham njaan nokkininne poyi kothitheeruvollum

Oru vaaku mindathe oru nokku kaanathe
kaatu chembaka chottil nina kaatithengu poyi poonkatithengu poyi
Oru vaaku mindathe oru nokku kaanathe