Culture Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram district has a rich cultural heritage from the past as the ancient rulers took great interest in the growth of art and culture. They not only helped in the promotion of culture but also themselves were great artists. Some great artists from Thiruvananthapuram were Maharaja Swathi Thirunal and Raja Ravi Varma. Swathi Thirunal Maharaja played a main role in the development of Carnatic music as he was also a good composer. The rule of Swathi Thirunal was popularly called as the Golden era of carnatic music. Annually music festival is conducted at Padmanabha Swami temple as part of Navarathri celebrations.
Raja Ravi Varma was a great painter and he is famous worldwide. His works are still preserved in the Sree Chitra Art Gallery. The walls of Padmanabha swamy temple, Attingal temple and the palaces here are beautifully decorated with mural paintings.
Thiruvananthapuram is the birth place of some of the famous Malayalam poets Mahakavi Kumaran Asan and Mahakavi Ulloor. A R Raja Raja Varma who was popularly called as the Kerala Panini made great contributions in the field of Malayalam literature. Annually a Literary festival is conducted from Trivandrum called as Kovalam Literary festival.
The tourism week is celebrated by the State government during Onam and several cultural festivals and fairs are conducted at that time. There are centers here for teaching the martial art form of Kerala called the Kalaripayattu. There are some of the famous sculpture works in Thiruvananthapuram at Veli and Shankhumugham beach by the sculptor Kanayi Kunjiraman.