Photographer's Note

THEYYAM is one of the most outstanding folk arts of north Kerala in India. Also called Thirayattam, (because every thira or village performed this ritualistic art at the village temple) this primitive ritualisic art demands long hours preparation before the performance.
The Theyyam (a form or shape) represents a mythological, devine or heroic character.
There are over 500 Theyyams in northen Kerala. The hood, headdress , face painting, Breast plate, bracelets,garlands and fabric of attire of each of these Theyyams are distinct and meticulously crafted according to the character presented. Musical accomaniments are chenda (drums), elathalam and Kuzhal(horn). Performances are on between december and May

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