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To welcome King Mahabali, Onam songs are sung during the festive season. Explore some Onam pattukal/ Onapattukal (songs) in this article.

Onam Songs

The harvest and state festival of Kerala - Onam - is celebrated with pomp and gaiety by Malayalees all over the world. It is a ten-day carnival, when people in Kerala indulge themselves in the preparations for welcoming their legendary king - Mahabali. Songs are sung during the festive season, to spread good cheer and celebrate the festival. There is a wide collection of Malayalam folk songs that carry the real essence of Onam. Most of the songs depict the festivities that are in the air during the season. Many are written to praise King Mahabali and describe the picturesque beauty of God's own country - Kerala. Certain songs are sung exclusively during Vallamkali (snake boat race) competitions and swing rides. While many songs are traditional, albums have also been released during the festive occasion, comprising of Onapattukal (Onam songs). Given below are the lyrics of a couple of Onam songs.

Onam Pattukal

Kuttanadan Punjayile
Movie: Kavalam Chundan
Lyricist: Vayalar

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
Lyrics: Sreekumaran Thampi

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