Welcome to the ‘Mystic North Kerala’…
We are in the middle of yet another Theyyam season, vibrant days and nights… filled to the brim with drum beats and saturated colors.
Sleepless nights are well compensated by the divine dance of the Theyyams …
Theyyam make up is always interesting as it’s very much part of the transformation process, in which meager mortals become immortals, though, for a few hours.
Let me share a few images which I captured last week, while organizing a festival tour for our wonderful guests from Germany, Hans and Lilo.
It has been a long time since my last post here in this great forum…
The year passed by was, one of the most challenging both personally and career wise.
Though I tried to make a come back from the long hiatus many a times, I couldn’t.
Finally I broke free, took some bold decisions and feels at peace and confident.
This is the place, from which I get all the support and encouragements and I can’t wait any longer.
Now I feel that, finally I am back, where I truly belong to and eagerly waiting to be in touch with my friends and all the wonderful people here 🙂
Note on the image: I have posted many an images of Theyyam, the ritualistic folk art form of Northern most Kerala earlier. Being from the hearland of Theyyam (Kannur), and in the middle of Theyyam season, I can’t imagine of better image than this for my come back.
You can get lot of information with a google search for ‘Theyyam’, so I am not duplicating it here.
Thank you all for stopping by 🙂
If there is one picture, that could undoubtedly represent the exotic North Kerala, then that should be of “Theyyam“.
Where meager mortals transforms to immortals and bless the devotees with the divine dance.
Let me share this image for this Week’s Photo Challenge
You can have a look at my post Theyyam: The Divine dance from God’s own country for more images.
There are several traditional measuring utensils still popular in Kerala, one among them is Idangazhi which holds approximately one Kg of rice.
In the years gone by, rice was everything for Keralites, not just the source of food for all three meals, but it took the form of money to buy other things and pay for services rendered.
Rice for medicines and rice for fish… for all these measurements there existed smaller and bigger denominations of the measuring utensils too, called Uri, Nazhi, Idangazhi and Para.
As a second entry to this week’s photo challenge: contrast let me share an image of a brass oil lamp lit during a traditional temple festival in Kerala, India.
Sun was brightly shining but, this lamp has to be lit to drive away all the powers of evil or ignorance during the theyyam performance.
You can have a look at my first entry for Contrast, an image from the hill top temple of Devarayanadurga here, photo-challenge-contrast-play-of-light-and-shadows