2 NIGHTS & 3 DAYS @ RS 7,900
Theyyam Like You Have Never Experienced Before
This Theyyam festival package is truly one of a kind. Every year in the 1st week of February , the beats of Chenda (drum) reverberate in the region as Theyyam artistes prepare to perform their 2000 year old dance form . Theyyam originated from the word “de’vam” or god and is unique to the region of north Kerala. This ancient dance form has it’s roots in “Kaliyattam” (The dance of Kali), which was once practiced by the tribal community of north Kerala. This beautiful and complex dance form is centered on the belief that a man can—after suitable mental, physical and spiritual preliminaries—don the costume of a particular deity and through dancing to the tunes of the drums , comes into a state of trance and become’s that deity. Theyyam performers, with their unique colorful costumes, headgears and intricate facial art befitting local deities, inspire awe and devotion among people watching. Theyyam may be a relic of an ancient cult, but it still holds the power to captivate people.
This mesmerizing dance form is performed during the yearly celebrations at Thalathoor Heritage Homestay on the 9th, 10th and 11th of February every year. The Theyyam celebrations go on for 3 days with 39 different deities/performances. One of the main acts is the Thee Chamundi (Fire Goddess), which does this breathtaking dance around a bon fire, and even walks on ambers. The dancer flirting with the fire, dances this graceful dance that captivates absolutely everybody in attendance.
The Thalathoor Heritage homestay is a busy and buzzing place to be at this time of the year. All the women in the family and neighborhood get together in making some of the seasonal specialties like the Ela ada, which are served to all that arrive. The local community also joins in and helps give this event truly a carnival atmosphere. Highlight for me is the open air cinema they set up. Truly an amazing experience to watch a movie , with a million stars as your backdrop.
With modernization setting in and with no written form to their language ,the tribal community are in real danger of loosing their precious language. Like the aboriginal communities of Australia, the whole history and culture of this remote tribal community is stored in these stories and songs that they perform at the theyyam festival.Get a chance to meet people like Kariyan from the tribal community, who leave their livelihood to come and perform at this festival every year. Listening to their story, gives us a peek into the struggle they go though to preserve their age old tradition. However such yearly festivals such as ours, ensure that languages like Tulu spoken among-st the tribal community is preserved and passed on the newer generation. Fortunately with growing popularity of Theyyam every year, the younger generation of this tribal community are also keen to learn and perform this 2000 year old dance form.
You could also be a part of this rare event and have an opportunity to join us in the celebrations. Have the best seats in the house , as the events of the 3 days unfold. Get a peek into the day today life of a joint family and experience the aromas and the taste of the unique cuisine made during this festival. A truly remarkable experience.