Theyyam Festival

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Country and Region IndiaKerala
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Payyannur, Kerala, India
Festival Contact Information

Theyyam Festival
Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala
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Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695 033 India
Phone: (91) 471-322-547
Fax: (91) 471-322-279

Festival Description

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
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