Bringing life to intriguing myths and exciting legends, the Theyyam festival is one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of the vibrant city of Kannur. Drawing the attention of thousands of people every year from across the country, this festival is renowned as the most remarkable and riveting art form of Malabar, the northern part of Kerala. This joyous celebration includes performances of over four hundred different traditional folk dances and is celebrated to appease the many local deities, gods, goddesses and heroes of the gripping ancient legends. Performers are dressed in attractive traditional costumes, captivating headgear and alluring ornaments with colourful face paints and creative face masks on.
It is usually celebrated in the premises of a local shrine or an open space with a temporarily built sanctuary called ‘Pathi’. The concept of the festival is quite a different yet beautiful one – after performing the due rituals and chanting the right shlokas, the resident deity of the shrine temporarily manifests itself into the body of a worthy man, the performer, and enlightens him with a divine experience. The performer and the viewers immensely respect this dance and are dedicated to preserving its ritualistic heritage. Witnessing the alluring magic and irresistible charm of this festival in action is sure to make you fall in love with the rich and vibrant culture of South India and will definitely leave you yearning for more.