Muchilottu Bhagavathy Theyyam

taken at muyyam muchilottu bhagavathy temple during the perumkaliyattam (theyyam) conducted after 31 years.


( the most important thing I noticed about this theyyam is the feminine looks, movements & eyes. The theyyam was gentle and fierce at the same time.)


My other theyyam shots


Theyyam (theyyattam) is a ritual dance form popular in northern Kerala. Theyyam is normally performed in temples/Kavu/kOOttam mostly in Kannore and Kasrgode districts in few places in Kozhikode district. The name theyyam is derived from the malayalam name for God (daivam). During the ritual the artist is considered as God and they complain ask for blessings as if they are talking to God.




If you are a traveler / photographer looking for information you can mail me at bobinson at and I will help in out in anyway I can.


Generally if you want to witness a theyyam, visit Payyanur area in Kannur during November - April and ask people for a kaliyattam and you will be directed to one or other performance for sure !

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Taken on December 27, 2007
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