Malabar Mahaostav

Truly said Kerala is the God’s own country. Nestled beautifully between the land and the sea makes Kerala an ideal place for tourism and taking a break from the stressful schedules. However, if you are looking for a culturally rich experience to satiate your cultural exquisiteness, then not to miss is the Malabar Mahaostav held at Calicut each year. The cultural program displays the rich old culture of Kerala. The event is organized for three days starting from 13th to 16th January each year at Mananchira maidan in the heart of Calicut.

Malabar Mahaostav is a cultural festival that aims to revive and bring out the magic of the Malabar Cultural glory. The concept has been evolved out of the innovation of M.T, Vasudevan Nair, K.T. Mohammed, Thikkodiyan  and Vaikkom Mohammad Basheer are a few to name.

A view of the Malabar Mahotsav

What do you see at the Malabar Mahaostav?

 The festival displays and highlights the rich Indian culture and the history of Kerala. The Malabar Mahaostav displays the Classical Music, Dance, Folk art, Drama, Theatre, Ganamela and the martial arts. The Martial arts are the newest addition to the festival, which has been made to encourage the local artists. You can easily spot artists performing the art forms like Theyyam, Kalarippayattu and encourage the local artists.

If you are a dance lover, then you have ample of traditional dance forms showcased at the festival. Some of the famous dance forms practised at the festival are Kathakali, Theyyam, Pulikaliui, Oppana, Mohiniyattom and Ottamthullal.  You can also find a number of local art forms of Kerala.

For music lovers, the festival has a number of renowned musicians like Talat Aziz, Ghulam Ali and many other Bollywood and classical singers to add a charm to the festival.


Both folk and classical appreciate the rich cultural heritage. The Malabar Mahaostav gives rise to potential tourism. Malabar Mahaostav is the atmosphere of communal harmony. The festival speaks out aloud about the unity in diversity, describing about the peaceful coexistence of different religions all at one place.

Enjoy artists and cultural fests from all over the country. The festival is accessible to everyone visiting the event free of cost. The festival is organized with the help of sponsorships. The Festival is first of its kind in Kerala and its success has motivated other districts like Ernakulum arrange similar festival in Cochin. Each year a

Sneha Sandesha Yatra, which is a cultural procession, is taken out at the Malabar Mahotsavam.

A true foodie has a lot of reasons to get delighted and throughout the Malabar Mahotsavam. The competition is additionally a celebration of the cookery heritage of Kerala. You would get immeasurable opportunities to gorge on the lip-smacking delicacies of the region. Try out the South Indian favourites like Dosa, Masala Idli, Uttampam, Rawa Idli, Rasam and much more to relish at the festival.

Experience and get amazed by the brilliant fireworks on show are feast to eyes. Get a chance to see display of fireworks by some of the master artists around the country.

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