Onam is around the corner, and this year (2022), it starts on the 30th of August (Tuesday) and ends on the 8th of August (Thursday). All the 10 days of Onam are power packed with fun. However, the last day ‘Thiruvonam’ is when the final celebratory spirit is at its peak. People indulge in feasting, playing games and dressing up. And this fun needs some beats to complete. So, we’re bringing to you our selection of popular 8 songs for your Onam playlist.

Woman playing games in Onam
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Onam has been celebrated in Kerala for centuries in remembrance of King Mahabali. The king is believed to visit the ‘God’s Own Country’ every year this time. Malayalis welcome him with extreme grandeur and love. The extravaganza also attracts thousands of tourists across the globe.

The government is promoting the Onam festival nationally to increase its tourist value. Tourists get to see the sense of spirituality of the people of Kerala during the grand celebrations.

Onam celebrations men on road painted as tiger
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It’s this time of the year when all schools, colleges and offices enjoy holidays (usually for three days). It’s a time spent with family and friends indulging in the festive spirit. It’s also a time for shopping when many stores and shops offer discounts on their products.

Onam celebrations are not complete without music! Not only to dance to the tunes and have a blast, but people also play songs once they are back from the temple. The tradition of Onam music is still observed in Kerala with enthusiasm and eagerness.

Popular Onam Songs In Malayalam

There are several songs in the Malayalam language that are best fits for Onam. We’ve picked a few for you.

1. Onapattin Thalam Thullum

Onapattin Thalam Thullum is widely considered one of the biggest chartbusters for Onam. Even though this film — Quotation (2004) got unnoticed, this euphonious song got appreciation all across due to the soothing music and lyrics entailed the Onam festival in Kerala.

Singer: Kalyani
Lyrics: Brajesh Ramachandran
Music: Sabeesh George

2. Onam Vanallo Ponnonam Vanallo

Give a perfect start to your day with this awesome tune. It signifies the start of the Onam season. And gives a glimpse of all the joy you will experience in the coming days. We couldn’t have left out this track from our list. So go ahead, play, and enjoy!

Singer: Yesudas
Lyrics: AV Vasudevan Potti
Music: Berny Ignatius

3. Onam Varavayi Keram Thingum Ulsava Naal

This song is a mix of classical tunes and the latest beats that make your feet tap. It will give you a relaxing feel on a busy day. So, create a mood of enjoyment and revive your enthusiasm listening to the track. Although it’s been a while since this song came out, it never gets old. This is a must-play in the Onam season for your friends and younger folks in the family. Play this song on speakers that have beat boosters. The vibe will be mesmerising.

4. Uthradapoovnilave Vaa

The powerful and melodious voice of Yesudas will cut deep into your heart. This song is a little different from the others on the list, as it rather reminds you of everyone out there who does not get to enjoy Onam like the others. The song is produced by Tharangini the first music company in Kerala. Listen to it here and pay your tribute to those who are away from their loved ones at the time of this joyful occasion.

Singer: KJ Yesudas
Music: Raveendran
Album: Sravanam 

5. Paraniraye Ponnalakkum Pournami Ravayi

Enjoy the melodious tunes from Yesudas & Sujatha and rejoice in the Onam spirit. This song reflects the Onam feeling and never gets too old to listen. It expresses the happiness that children experience in this beautiful season. So hit the volume up and play Paraniraye Ponnalakkum Pournami Ravayi in your home after returning from the temple to elevate the festive emotion.

Singers:  KJ Yesudas and Sujatha Mohan
Album: Thiruvona Kaineetam
Music: Vidyasagar

6. Thiruvona Pularithan

This one from the Film Thiruvonam takes you down memory lane so you relive simplicity and elegance. Tap into this beautiful song and let your kids listen to the old tracks of Onam. Or you can have a nostalgic moment yourself. We couldn’t help but include this song in the list because of its peaceful flute tunes and mesmerising voice by Vani Jairam. This song penned by Sreekumaran Thampi is going to be a hit forever when it comes to Onam songs. It’s a classic Malayalam melody.

Lyrics: Sreekumaran Thampi
Music: MK Arjunan

7.Onapoove Poove Omal Poove – Ee Ganam Marakkumo

Onapoove Poove Omal Poove song featuring actor Prem Nazir (Gopi) from the 1978 movie Ee Ganam Marakkumo is a mellifluous song that brings us the adorable Onam childhood memories. This flick was directed by N.Sankaran Nair and produced by Adoor Manikantan and Adoor Padmakumar.

Singer: KJ Yesudas
Lyrics: ONV Kurup
Music: Salil Chowdhury

8. Omanathinkalin Onam

This lullaby should be heard at least once in ten days. Play it during serene evenings and enjoy it with your family. The song is sung by KJ Yesudas and P Susheela and belongs to the hit film Thulabharam. This evergreen song will add to the joyful feeling of Onam.

Music: G. Devarajan
Lyrics : Vayalar
Producer: Hari Pothan

9. Poovili Poovili – K J Yesudas

Poovili Poovili is a musical entertainer that captures the essence of Kerala’s biggest harvest festival, Onam. Featuring Vidhubala and Prem Nazir, this famous song was crooned by K. J. Yesudas from the movie, Vishukkani in 1997. The best part about the song is that the lyricist penned and recorded this sweet-toned song in a few minutes, which later turned into the biggest hit.

Singers: K. J. Yesudas
Lyrics: Sreekumaran Thampi
Music: Salil Chowdhary

10. Kuttanadan Punjayile – K J Yesudas

A popular song for the Onam occasion, Kuttanadan Punjayile, gives a nostalgic moment for every Malayali out there. This track is one of the biggest highlights of the film Kaavalam Chundan, directed by J. Sasikumar.

The updated version of this song was sung by Vidya Vox, a famous American YouTuber and singer.

Singer: K J Yesudas
Lyrics: Vayalar
Music: G. Devarajan

11.Thiruvona Ponnunjal – Sreekanth Hariharan

Thiruvona Ponnunjal is one of the most popular Onam songs in Malayalam that brings all the mallus together during this festive season. This song is sung by Sreekanth Hariharan, a playback singer with many hit songs on his list. You can add this evergreen Onam song to your music playlist, listen, and cherish the good olden memories.

Singer: Sreekanth Hariharan
Lyrics: Anu Elizabeth Jose
Music: Sajna Vinish

12. Happy Onam

The song “Kattil Aadum Happy Onam” has gained a spot on our list of top Onam songs due to its harmonious music and lyrics. Ambili sang this song under the Ranjini Creations. In a short span, it has become the most played Onam song during the festival season.

Singer: Ambili
Lyrics and Music: T K Layan

13. Maveli Thampuraan – Ashtabandham

“Maveli Thampuraan” from Ashtabandham is a famous folk song about Onam, released in 1986, and directed by Askar. You will surely fall in love with this beautiful festival theme song by Yesudas and Ashalatha.

Singers : K J Yesudas and Ashalatha
Lyrics: Chovvalloor Krishnankutty
Music: O V Abdulla

14. Thiruvaavaniraavu

Want to indulge in some melodious beats for Onam? This is your song from Jacobinte Swargarajyam as it will give you a perfect sense of a family celebration mood. Nothing better than ‘Thiruvaavaniraavu’ for you to bring everyone together and have a blast. The song by Unni Menon, Sithara and Meera Scharma  is so beautiful…

Lyrics: Manu Manjith
Music: Shaan Rahman

15. Onam Onam

We’d like to end our list with a dance beat from the movie Ra Ra Krishnayya. It’s a perfect South Indian fun song and will surely get the kids in your home on their feet as soon as the song starts. Why not have a blast altogether? Forget your worries and simply shake a leg to the tunes of Onam Onam Onam Onam directed by P. Mahesh Babu with the energetic vocals of Chinmayee and Achu.

Lyrics: Shree Mani

Final Thoughts
So that was our list of the greatest Onam songs. Comment and let us know which ones you always play on Onam. Make the 10 days of Onam full of fun, laughter and joy – just like the Onam spirit. Play nostalgic and new tunes to commemorate the occasion.

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