An ancient art form, more than eight centuries old, Theyyam is one of the most spectacular of the ritual arts forms of Northern Kerala. Theyyam performances include the myths and stories of the many gods and celestial spirits in Kerala mythology, and its performers are vigilant and committed to guarding the purity of the art form and preserving its ritualistic heritage.
Theyyam, believed to have been derived from the word Daivam, meaning god, is based on the belief that immortal spirits enter into mortal bodies to perform a ritual dance of divine revelation. The spectacular variety of Theyyam performances are possible through the use of elaborate facial make-up, captivating headgear, special costumes and unique ornaments. Theyyams are staged in various temples of Malabar, usually in front of the village shrine, with regularity each year. As performances are on an "open stage" they can also be showcased in traditional Malabar households during festive or special occasions.
The calendar below contains illustrations and images of 100 Theyyam festivals in Malabar. It highlights temple locations, dates of performances and details of the contact persons associated with upcoming shows. This collection includes one hundred videos of Theyyam performances at various geographical locations throughout North Malabar. The videos will provide a general idea of the costumes, rhythm, music and dance of this rich art form.
|1||Kambrath Tharavadu Devasthanam|
|2||Sree Kuruvappalli Ara Devaswom|
|4||Kottiyoor Nanmadam Temple|
|5||Puthiya Kunnathu Puthiya Bhagavathy Temple|
|6||Chekkicheri Bhagavathy Devasthanam|
|7||Kannom Sree Anjuthengil Aivar Paradevatha Temple|
|8||Aalakkadu Kaasipuram Sree Vanasastha Temple|
|9||Sree Porkkali Bhagavathy Temple|
|10||Maavicheri Sree Bhagavathy Temple|
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Disclaimer: The festival dates listed are in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and adhere to local traditions and customs. However, just as the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship can vary, dates may change as well. The calendar should, therefore, be considered as an approximate calendar, and dates listed should be confirmed with local authorities. Every attempt has been made to provide current and up-to-date information on contacts listed but Kerala Tourism accepts no liability for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of reliance on the information provided.