Vadakkan Pattukal (or Ballads of North Malabar) is a collection of Malayalam Ballads of medieval origin. These present saga of heroes like Aromal Chekavar, Thacholi Othenan, Kannappa Chekavar, Aromalunni and heroines like Unniyarcha. These northern ballads exemplify the heights of folk-poetry. These ballads are also sometimes associated with deities. Almost all these ballads show strong connections with Kalaripayattu. The oldest compositions do not date earlier than 16th century but their idiom and vocabulary seems older. The Malayalam used is devoid of Tamil and Sanskrit, and thus is probably closest to spoken idiom.
Malayalam Movies based on Vadakkan Pattu
1. Unniyarcha (1961) 2. Palattukoman (1962) 3. Thacholi Othenan (1964) 4. Othenante Makan (1970) 5. Aromalunni (1972) 6. Ponnapuram Kotta (1973) 7. Ara Kallan Mukkal Kallan (1974) 8. Thacholi Marumakan Chandu (1974) 9. Thumbolaracha (1974) 10. Kannappanunni (1977) 11. Thacholi Ambu (1978) 12. Kadathanattu Makkam (1978) 13. Palattu Kunjikannan (1980) 14. Oru Vadakkan Veera Gatha (1988) 15. Kadathanadan Ambadi (1990) 16. Puthuram Puthri Unniyarcha (2002)
- Sujit Mukherjee, A Dictionary of Indian Literature (Orient Longman Publications, 1998, ISBN 81-250-1453-5), page 406
- Vadakkan and Thekkan Pattukal.(Sri Rama Vilasom Press, 1967), pages 128–148