Jan 25, 2009
Theyyam is a traditional dance form and a means of worshippingof local deities in Northern Parts of Kerala. It is popular in Kannur and Kasargod districts.
In Theyyam, artist wears an elaborate costume rich in color, added with a large head gear that may sometimes be pepped up with burning lamps. The performances often happen through the day, and some Theyyam festivals go on for as long as three days. At some point of time during the performance, the deity in whose temple premise the Theyyam is performed is said to occupy the performer, who gets excited and frenzied. This part of the ritual can often seem spooky.
The Theyyam season begins every year in mid-winter, and increases in frequency in January and February. This is a good time to see Theyyam performances in villages of Kannur district. See http://www.vengara.com/theyyam/index.html for more information on Theyyam.
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