Theyyam Dance of The Gods

By Pickle  October 19, 2022
Theyyam Dance of The Gods, Pickle Media

Documentary | Completed | 2022 | India

Theyyam is a famous ritual art form of North Kerala in India where legends truly come to life. It brings alive the great stories of the state and glorifies the beliefs of the ancient tribes. Theyyam is a thousand-year-old dance form ritual so ancient that it predates Hinduism. The customary art assumes that man is a form of God who assures prosperity to the society through the Theyyam performance. Theyyattam or the ‘Divine Dance of the Deity’ is observed in local tiny temples where the performers embellish themselves with decorative red apparel, ornate headgear and golden ornaments. The art form includes dance, drama music and mime performances accompanied by the rhythmic beats of musical instruments. It gives importance to the worship of spirits and heroes of ancestors. There are over 400 separate Theyyams, each unique in its style and artistry performed yearly. The Theyyam season occurs from December to April in many temples or Kavu across Kannur, Nileswaram, Kurumathoor, Cherukunnu, Ezhom and Kunnathoorpadu in North Malabar. The divine deity (Theyyam) wears heavy makeup and adorns theatrical costumes and elaborate headgear. The mesmeric experience of the ritualistic sprightly dance amid glowing firelight of torches made of palm dried leaves and the spiritual influences of Theyyam stories are endless.


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