Culture of Pondicherry
The culture of Pondicherry is very colorful and vibrant. It is synonyms with the culture of Portuguese, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Architectural Style of Buildings
The French influence lingers in every corner of Pondicherry which is visible in architecture and culture of the state. The territory has been under the rule of French rulers for many years therefore the French flavor is visible in its magnificent historical monuments, houses and churches.
Lifestyle of People in Pondicherry
The lifestyle of localities in Pondicherry is highly influenced by French style of living.
Telugu, Malayam, Tamil, English, French and Hindi are the popular used languages in Pondicherry.
The traditional costumes of people in Pondicherry are tailored in traditional Indian style. Women wear long skirts, saris and blouse. Men wear shirts and pants.
Hindu religion is dominating Pondicherry, most of the people are Hindus. Majority of Muslims and Christians are also inhabiting the territory. Christianity is a legacy of French colonial rule, evident in cathedrals, convents and churches.
Pondicherry is a foodies hub. The exotic flavor – spicy and bit oily food items are very tempting. The culinary world is a blend of French and traditional style, which creates a unique flavor of cuisines. Union territory is popular for its French brioches, baguettes and delicious pastries. Restaurants here serve scrumptious variety of French, Malayalam, Tamil, Bengali, Telugu, Punjabi and Gujarati cuisines.
Folk Dance and Music
Dance and music is an important element of Pondicherry culture. It is highly influenced by the rich heritage of Tamil Nadu tradition. Some of the popular dance forms of the territory are Kathak, Yakshgana, Cahu, Kuchipudi, Mohininattam and many more. Carnatic form of music is played in cultural programmes.
Art and Crafts
Pondicherry’s tradition of art and crafts is highly influenced by the different regimes and colonial era. People are very creative and innovative which can be seen in making of different items such as beautiful and exquisite miniature paintings, screen paintings, Batik, producing incense sticks, dinning mats, wooden carvings, paper lamps, perfumes etc. Few expert artisans creativity can be seen in making of bags, hammocks, hand knitted woolen garment, wall hangings, wooden furniture and bags and many more.
Several religious and regional festivals are celebrated in Pondicherry with great fervor and grandeur. These Fairs and festivals of the territory are important part of it’s age old culture. The festivals marks rich and vibrant culture of the territory. During the festive season every single person gets in the mood of celebrations and festivity. The occasion is marked with practicing of rituals and celebrations. The most prominent festivals celebrated in Pondicherry are Sani Peyarchi, International Yoga Festivals, French Food Festival, Veerampattinam, Pongal, Panguni Uthiram festival and Masi Magam festival.
Pondicherry Tourism offers an excellent opportunity to catch a glimpse of vibrant culture of the territory.