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Theyyam or Theyyattam, is a centuries old tradition in Kerala, particularly the Northern part otherwise known as the Malabar region. Theyyam is a ritual form of worship observed among the Hindu religion in Kerala, it is believed that Lord Parasuram while he created Kerala, had sanctioned the people of this region of Kerala to worship God through rituals like Theyyam.
Theyyam dance is generally performed in front of Temples/shrines, and there is no stage or platforms for the performance. The devotees would be stand nearby to observe and worship while the show progresses. The performer or the main dancer would be singing the ritual song along with the drummers who are also part of the performance. Theyyam dance is believed to have around 400 different styles, each signifying or relating to different Hindu Gods/ Goddesses in different avatars. This particular art form associated with the ritual, and the ritual itself is unique to Kerala. The make-up and costumes for the performance is carefully crafted and the make-up itself is an expert’s job. Theyyam is usually done during November to January every year, and undoubtedly is a must see activity in Kerala.