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Soorya Singapore Presents

Theyyam - Dance of the Gods
At the Singapore Arts Festival 2012

24 & 25 MAY 2012

Literature on Theyyam Four Theyyams will be presented

Theyyam is a very traditional and ritualistic art form and is being presented at the Singapore Arts Festival 2012 by Soorya (Singapore).

Four beautiful Theyyam forms (kolams) will be presented:Muchilot Bhaghavathy, Raktha Chamundy, Vishnumoorthy and Agnikandakarnan (a fire Theyyam) along with musicians and musical instruments. But this will have no ritual aspect. All artistes are from India.

Theyyam : Translated as "Dance of the Gods", Theyyam or Theyattam is a ritual art performed in the Malabar region in North Kerala, India. Theyyam derives its name from Deivam meaning (in the vernacular) 'God' and Attam meaning 'Dance'. This ritual art is performed with utmost passion and supreme dedication by the performers. Religious reverence runs high and the artist himself is said to experience a oneness with the Divine in the course of performing this dance. A Theyyam performance is a combination of playing of musical instruments, vocal recitations, dance, peculiar, intricate and tremendous makeup and overwhelming costumes. The stage practices of Theyyam and its ritualistic observations with its thousands of years of tradition make it a visual and aural treat and certainly one of the most fascinating theatrical arts of India.



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