Tuesday, November 8, 2011



Theyyam is one of the oldest, indigenous and mystic ritual art form of Kerala, India. Its roots can be traced back to over 2000 years ago, and still preserves its tribal and Dravidian features although the art form has evolved over centuries to form what can be called an amalgam of religious and spiritual traditions. It is now practiced in the land of Kolattunadu (The land of the Kolathiri), the northern part of Kerala. This region today stretches from the northern parts of Kozhikode district to the Kasargod district. Etymologically, the term ‘Theyyam’ comes from the Sanskrit word for god, ‘Daivam,’ meaning God. What separates Theyyam from other performing arts is its ritualistic nature itself. It is a phenomenon of cultural, spiritual and artistic significance. More than 400 Theyyam forms depicting various deities exist in this cult that has become the cultural symbol of north Kerala.

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  1. Visit www.theyyamcalendar.com for more details about theyyam timings and dates in Kerala, kannur, Kasaragod