|Country and Region||India — Kerala|
|Type of Festival||Dance, Drama, Music|
|Location of Festival||Payyannur, Kerala, India|
|Festival Contact Information|
The Theyyam Festival of Payyannur celebrates the colourful ritual dance of Kerala, one of the oldest art forms in India. Incorporating dance, mime and music, Theyyam has its roots in ancient tribal culture, placing great importance on the worship of heroes and ancestral spirits. Theyyams are performed exclusively by the male members of the traditional caste groups. The dancers wear bizarre headdresses, costumes and body paint and enter a trance-like state while performing.
|Festival Dates||October 27 2010 - May 10 2011|