the culture of Kerala is a synthesis of Aryan and Dravidian cultures, developed and mixed for centuries, under influences from other parts of India and abroad. Kerala traces its non-prehistoric cultural genesis to its membership (around the AD 3rd century) in a vaguely defined historical region known as Thamizhagom. Native traditions of classical performing arts include koodiyattom, a form of Sanskrit drama or theatre and a UNESCO-designated Human Heritage Art. Kerala also has several tribal and folk art forms.
However, many of these native art forms largely play to tourists or at youth festivals, and are not as popular among ordinary Keralite. Thus, more contemporary forms including those heavily based on the use of often risqué and politically incorrect mimicry and parody have gained considerable mass appeal in recent years.
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