Kerala is state full of colors and vibrancy. Among many festivals of zeal Theyyam is one of them which is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm. The Theyyam festival is celebrated at Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothashanam in Kasaragod district, of Kerala which is held normally in the month of December.This is a popular event in Kerala. The sparkle and radiance associated with the festival of Theyyam can be witnessed here. Theyyam is one of the oldest and colorful ritual art forms of Kerala.This is inspired and informed by the ancient tribal arts that triumphed here, Theyyam makes use of the basics of music, dance and mime.Theyyam is a festival of fun, dedications and requires lots of skills in the performances.The participants who take part in the festival polish their skills for the whole year to give their best performances.
This is one of the colorful ritualistic dances of Kerala is Theyyam. Theyyam at Kanathoor is a festival of different Theyyams.There are different forms of Theyyam, each invariably representing superhuman powers that include heroic characters and ancestral spirits. A variety of Theyyams are presented in Kanathoor. From Elayor Theyyam, Chamunda Theyyam, Panchoorla Theyyam, Muthor Theyyam.Theyyam is one of the most beautiful dance forms of Kerala. One of the fascinating rituals practiced for ages it is also called Thirayattom which is observed in Kavus or village temples.There are around 400 Theyyams in northern Kerala.
Kanathoor is the other name for Kannur. The Theyyam festival at Kannur is known as Theyyams at Kanathoor. During the Theyyams the singer portrays the thought provoking images through his dance steps and loud voice. The Theyyams later evolved into the Krishnattom and Kathakali.
This festival is one of the most interesting attractions in Kerala. The spectators who are thoroughly enjoy Theyyams at Kanathoor and they get acquainted with different art forms of Kerala.