Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Adichuthurapattu of Christains

Adichuthura is a function lasting for 4 days held as part of wedding of Knanaya Catholic Community in Kerala and songs sung during Adichuthura function are known as Adichuthurapattu.

On the third day of function the girlfriends of the groom request the permission of those sitting in the pandal to sit in the bed chamber. The bride’s mother places a lighted traditional lamp, jug of water, betel leaves and spittoon in the bed chamber. When the mother-in-law takes the traditional lamp and comes to the door, songs fill the air. One part details those who are knocking at the door.

The lyrics are in simple Malayalam. The songs also describe the wedding ceremony.  

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