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Theyyam Photos from Kerala, India

Updated on November 21, 2011

Theyyams of Malabar

Theyyam is a well-known Hindu dance ritual performed in village temples before an assemblage of devotees to propitiate the local village Gods. Theyyam is still popular in Kannur and Kasargod districts of Kerala State. Sometimes, Theyyam is also organized in homes as a form of ancestor-worship -accompanied by elaborate rites and rituals.

The lead dancer who propitiates the chief deity may be required to stay in the rituals after sun sets. This head dancer should fast for the remainder of that day. The dance format of Theyyam is simple. The first part of the performance is usually known as Vellattam or Thottam. It is performed without make-up or any other decorative dress. It is however customary to wear a small, red headdress in the opening scenes.

The dancer and the accompanying drummers and players of the traditional musical instruments recite the customary ritual song, which explains the myths and legends associated with the deity that is propitiated. After completing this primary episode of the invocation, the dancer retires to the rest area. After some short respite he reappears in the prescribed costumes and with necessary makeup.

Theyyam Photos

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Theyyam Photos

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There are different designs of face-painting and are carry local names -vairadelam, kattaram, kozhipuspam, kotumpurikam, and prakkezhuthu. Mostly primary and secondary colors that are applied help in effecting certain dance moods. There is an array of folk musical instruments like Chenda, tuti, kuzhal and veekni and these instruments are played in unison to certain rhythms. All the dancers are armed with a shield and sword.

Then the dancer, as per tradition, circumambulates the shrine, runs in the courtyard dancing all the time. The Theyyam dance has different scientific steps known as Kalaasams and a fulfilling performance is one that deftly combines playing of musical instruments, vocal recitations, dance, and wearing of prescribed makeup and costumes.

On a loftier note, Theyyam is an artistic dance form that conveys a set of metaphysical thoughts while the immortal souls revisit the earth in the physical body of the dancer.

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      RADESH CHERUVALATH 

      6 years ago

      VERY NICE PICTURE

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      rose 

      6 years ago

      very useful photos.thank you

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      Ammu 

      6 years ago

      Hi,

      I am the editor of a non profit art magazine called Dharani. The vision of Dharani initiatives is to introduce the general public to the richness and divinity of Indian classical art forms.

      It would be great if you could allow us to use the pic of theyyam (the first photograph on this page)in our magazine.

      Thank you

      Ammu

      meammu@yaho.com

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      Anu 

      6 years ago

      It is the great inscriptions of the kerala art culture.

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      sanjth 

      7 years ago

      sree muttapan vary

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      suraj 

      7 years ago

      promot hindu culture

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      dinkan53 

      8 years ago from India

      Nobody is having time to watch or know about these art forms like theyyam, ottanthullal, kathakali, parayanthullal etc... Even though kathakali became one of the greatest attractions of tourists have a great value now a days only on a business basis. Other art forms are dying.. By the way beautiful pictures.

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      Rajeevan Mavilayi,Kannur 

      8 years ago

      Excellent pictures.It's the part of our culture hence wehave to safeguard it.Thank you for showing it allround the world.

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      abhilash 

      8 years ago

      theyyam is kerala's sound and light and all..

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      SUNIL PAYYANNUR 

      9 years ago

      THEYYAM IS NOT A TOURISM

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      jithinkumar kv 

      9 years ago

      to insert verity photos about makkam,pillatheeni,anyottep

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      SHAHANAD 

      9 years ago

      VERY NICE PICTURES I CAN FOUNT FROM THIS.AN AMAZING PHOTOS AND INFORMATIONS

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      shaji karichery 

      10 years ago

      it is a great attempt. And all are specified the original quality of 'theyyam' by your photos. Another one is, it make me as a theyyam photo collector. It make deep knowledge about 'mukhathezhuth' and ceremony of theyyam.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      SunSeven! Thank you for sharing these great pictures. It's always nice to see and learn about other cultures.

      Much appreciated. Great hub. regards Zsuzsy

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      rudevils 

      10 years ago from Indonesia

      nice collection sunseven, it will be great if u publish the video :D

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      SweetiePie 

      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This is a very unique pictures, not something someone sees everyday. Good job!

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      sminut13 

      10 years ago from singapore

      wow, interesting pictures. thanks so much for sharing.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Yes it should help your country folk. good pictures.

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