Documentation of Theyyam, Kerala

Theyyam, the religio-theatrical art form of Kerala, was taken up for an audio-visual documentation. Theyyam is a ritual dance form found in northern Kerala’s districts, Kannur and Kasargod, incorporating in its practice: myths and tales, dance and drama, music and rhythm. Each Theyyam has its own pattern and style of painting on the face and sometimes on the body.

The documentation by Dr. V. Jayarajan, convenor of Kasargod chapter, took place between the months of December and June when the Theyyam season is at its peak. It has attempted to capture the artistic expression as well as the spiritual and mythological aspects of this ritual art form.

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