Photographer's Note

Theyyam, is one of the most ancient art forms of India. The name is a corrupted form of Daivam[ which means god in Malayalam]. Theyyam is a form of worship, with performances lasting for hours into the late night and early morning, during which the performer may change costumes many times over , eventually achieving a delirious state when they become one with the god[or more commonly goddess] of the temple. There are more than 400 forms of Theyyam, each with their own special costumes and accompanying music.
Interestingly, theyyam was performed by performers from the lower caste, and sponsored by the upper caste feudal chiefs. This provided one of the few instances where the upper caste would bow to a person of the lower caste[once he had transformed himself into the god towards the end of the performance]. Theyyam season starts in October and ends in May and performances are held in many temples in Malabar, North Kerala.
In this photo, you see one of the main performers, The colours are predominantly red and orange but I could bring out a variety of black and white appearances on the software, I settled for this because of the deep black in his face. He will avert your eyes so that you don't come to harm!

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  • Copyright: Manoj Mohan (mmohan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 103 W: 6 N: 110] (744)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Black & White
  • Date Taken: 2010-08-21
  • Categories: Festivals
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-04-21 8:54
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