Shreya Ghoshal : I feel like a Keralite
Playback singer Shreya Ghoshal who made a rare appearance on a popular Malayalam reality show on television, confessed that she feels like a Keralite, thanks to the warm manner in which she has been accepted by the state of Kerala.
Shreya added that there should be some sort of a karmic connection between herself and Kerala, and stated that Kerala is like a second home to her. “Kumarakom is my most favorite place on earth,” the lovely singer gushed.
Dressed in a traditional Kerala sari, Shreya looked every bit of a Malayali on the show. Her songs have been widely accepted in Kerala, making her the busiest female playback singer in no time. She has been well appreciated for her impeccable Malayalam pronunciation as well as her inimitable voice.
The Malayali people (also spelt Malayalee and also known by the demonym Keralite) are a Dravidian ethnolinguistic group originating from the present-day state of Kerala in India, occupying its southwestern Malabar coast. They are predominantly native speakers of the Malayalam language. The state of Kerala was created in 1956 through the States Reorganisation Act. Prior to that, since the Middle Ages existed the Kingdom of Cochin, the Kingdom of Travancore and the Malabar District of the Madras Presidency (British India). The Malabar District was annexed by the British through the Third Mysore War (1790–92) from Tipu Sultan. Before that, the Malabar District was under the Zamorins of Calicut since the Middle Ages.
Kerala is a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India. It was formed on 1 November 1956, following the passage of the States Reorganisation Act, by combining Malayalam-speaking regions of the erstwhile states of Travancore-Cochin and Madras. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), Kerala is the twenty-first largest Indian state by area. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33,406,061 inhabitants as per the 2011 Census, Kerala is the thirteenth-largest Indian state by population. It is divided into 14 districts with the capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the state.
Submitted by balconybeats.com on September 18, 2012