Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala


Malayalam literature has a rich tradition dating back to centuries. The oldest works founded so far in poetry and prose is ‘Vaishikathathantram’ and ‘Bhasha Kautiliyam’ respectively. And is a known fact that some of the famous ancient works of Tamil and Sanskrit were written by Keralites.

In ancient times, Kerala was considered to be a part of Tamil Nadu. Scholars opine that the development, growth and transformation of the Dravidian Language gave way to the birth of Malayalam Language. The works written during this period came to be known as Sanghom literature. The renowned poet Elangovadikal composed his masterpiece, ‘Chilapathikaram’ an epic poem at Mathilakom in Thrissur district.

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