The culture of Maldives is rich and diverse with influences absorbed from several countries and
cultures across the world over many centuries. East African and South Asian influence can be
seen in drums, dance and music. Bodu Beru is the most popular form of music and dance, and
Bandiyaa Jehun a native dance performed by young women. Although Western pop and Indian
music are popular here, traditional forms still survive and enthral viewers.
Many of the Maldivian traditions are related to the sea. Women play a major role in society while
men spend most of their day out at the sea fishing. South Asian influence is also seen in
traditional Maldivian food.