Theyyam Calendar

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.

Temple Approximate Date
Dharmadam Sree Mariyamman Temple 26 to 27 March 2019
Thottummal Kavullathil Sree Kali Temple 28 to 29 March 2019
Sree Kuttichathan Madam 29 to 31 March 2019
Sree Ganeshan Kavu 1 to 2 April 2019
Pottan Kavu, Dharmadam 13 to 14 April 2019
Malliyodu Palottu Kavu 14 to 19 April 2019
Sree Mavilaakkavu 14 to 20 April 2019
Sree Oravankara Bhagavathy Temple 15 to 17 April 2019
Puzhaathi Sree Pazhaya Parambathu Puthiya Bhagavathy Temple 17 to 19 April 2019
Perikamana Illam 18 to 19 April 2019
Paravoor Puliyoor Kaali Temple 19 to 22 April 2019
Nilayara Bhagavathy Temple 19 to 22 April 2019
Pinarayi Bali Temple 20 to 21 April 2019
Chirakkavu Bhagavathy Temple 23 to 26 April 2019
Peringode Illam Thazhekkavu Bhagavathy Temple 24 to 25 April 2019
Anthi Mahakaali Kottam (Nageniamma) 4 to 5 May 2019
Murikkoli Tharavadu Temple 14 May 2019
Pazhayangadi Railway Muthappan Madappura 24 May 2019
Madayikkavu 24 May 2019
Neeliyar Kottam 17 November 2019
Yogi Madom 22 to 23 December 2019
Aalakkadu Kaasipuram Sree Vanasastha Temple 15 to 16 January 2020
Podikkalam Temple at Kannada Tharavadu 4 March 2020
Kodakkal Tharavadu Devasthanam 24 to 25 April 2020