Kerala, Photography

Perseverance …

It is the fourth time these little sunbirds are trying to make a nest. They failed to complete their nest on first two attempts but managed to build a nest last time and even laid eggs but it got collapsed just before hatching.

I really wish to see and photograph baby birds fly away this time 🙂

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,

Kerala, Photography

The Story Behind: Vishnumurthy Thottam

I have countless posts on Theyyams here, but none on the ‘Thottam Pattu’…

Each Theyyam performance is preceded by it’s Thottam, where the theyyam artist, with minimal make up, recites the story of theyyam.

Vishnumurthy theyyam is one of the most important and common theyyam performed as it’s based on lord Vishnu’s fourth avatar (incarnation), Narasimha.

The performance is so intense that, we get the true intensity of violence as the story unfolds.

The story is enacted on the following day without any recitation but with the rhythmic drum beats manipulating each step of the theyyam …