Kerala, Photography

It’s Theyyam time, again …

You can view Theyyam from different dimensions, such as, art, folklore, culture, myth etc;

But, one thing most of us fail to see is the human endurance perspective.

To me, Theyyam is one of the ‘Physically most demanding’ ritualistic folk art.

I felt it again, last day, when I watched a Theyyam named ‘Ilamkolam’ performed near my home.

A few images here,

23 thoughts on “It’s Theyyam time, again …”

    1. Thank you so much, Tish for your appreciative comments 🙂

      Kerala is quite an interesting place for it’s demographic mix, left liberal politics, and it’s rich art, craft, festivals, rituals and folkart forms.

      Now, Kerala is a standout place for it’s fight against the Corona pandemic with the best recovery rate and least mortality rate…

      https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/04/13/999313/kerala-fight-covid-19-india-coronavirus/

      Hope, we could hear more positive news from across the world soon 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Jeff for your visit and comment 🙂

      Yes, Theyyam is something which saturate your senses …

      There are hundreds of different Theyyams in the two northern most districts of Kerala and luckily I live in one of them 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for your visit and comments 🙂

      As I reply to your comments after 3 months, lot of things have changed and of course for the community of Theyyam performers.

      They belong to the lowest rung of the caste system in India and for ages they were an oppressed class.

      Their only revenue is through Theyyam performance and that too during the summer months.

      Due to the Corona outbreak, everything got stopped right in the middle of the Theyyam season and hundreds of thousands who belong to the communities which perform Theyyam are now left with no source of income.

      The Pandemic affects rich and poor in different ways and I feel, in a country like India, more people will be affected financially than the virus directly.

      Hope things will take a positive turn soon ….

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      1. Oh my! I hope it takes a turn for the better soon! Prayers for the performers!
        And I do agree that the rich and poor and middle class are impacted but in different ways.
        Hope the global communities recover with strength and at a good pace….

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    1. Thank you so much for your visit and comment 🙂

      It’s just an amazing ritualistic performance and it’s practiced by some select communities who belong to the lowest castes in India (Hope you heard about the complex caste system in India).

      But, when a man become Theyyam, he is treated as god and people of all castes seeks his blessings… In this way, it’s more interesting than just an art …

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    1. Thank you so much Amy, for your visit and appreciative comments 🙂

      As I am from this unique place in North Kerala, where Theyyams are performed, I have an emotional connect to it and you might have found many a posts connected to Theyyam here 🙂

      You can still expect more 🙂

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    1. Absolutely, Anil …

      Theyyam is just one of the thousands of art forms in India and you know, there are around 700+ different Theyyams in the two northern most districts of Kerala alone.

      I couldn’t really explore much of India yet, but, I really would like to explore and document our rich heritage and culture.

      Thank you so much for your visit and comments 🙂

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