The Malabaris discovered melodious tunes in which to display their poetic talents. To conform to the rhyme and rhythm of the poetic creations, they freely borrowed words from the other languages. The songs are known are ‘Mapilla pattu'( the Mappila songs). Modern Malayalam poets of standing have since been attracted by these melodious tunes and have started employing them in their poetic creations.
Aravana muttu (“Rebana”) is a group performance popular among the the Malabaris. They sing songs which are often a tribute to martyrs and heroes accompanied by the Avarana. It is often sung in welcoming the newly-weds and distinguished guests.
Mapilla Paatu and Aravana has recently gained popularity in Malaysia. Started of as small groups with trainers form Kerala, some of the groups are in the 3rd and 4th generations, currently trained by local trainers. The costumes and songs are also adjusted to meet the local taste and environment. Currently there are 3 such groups all of them in the state of Johor. The are a hit during Malabari weddings all over Malaysia.