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64 page booklet with 30 color
photographs. Comprising of the various aspects and salient features
of this dynamic ritual dance of North Kerala. Contains an article in
Spanish, German, and French. Forward by
Charisma of Theyyam : There is neither a dearth of books and articles on the
Theyyam ritual of North Malabar nor people who can explain to the
uninitiated the myths and rituals of the art form. But there are a
few books that introduce the folk ritual to foreign tourists who are by
no means connoisseurs of the art form, 'Theyyam Charisma', a
60 page book in English by Srihari Nair, provides tourists with
information on all aspects of Theyyam, which combines music, colour,
omovement and worship.
Myths Theyyam or
Kaliyattamk is still rooted in the ancient folk traditions and is a part
of the sacred mythologies relating to local deities, though its secular
aspects are no less important, There are different forms of
Theyyam, each based on some myth of a local deity. No two Theyyams
are ever identical.
A combination of carious elements such
as the sacred rituyal, music and colour associated with art form, the
dancer's awe-inspiring costumes coupled with his movement to the
accompaniment of drumbeats and ssongs evoke an ambience of divine
splendour. The book captures various facets of Theyyam.
Save a few foreign tourists who love
folklore, most others visiting this part of the region are not known to
frequent places where the Kaliyattam festivals take place during the
summer. Perhaps, Mr,Nair's book caters to the curiosity of the
tourists to know the basics about the ritual, its art, craft, make-up,
ornaments and preparation needed by the artiste.
"The visual splendour and the
aura of mysticism have made Theyyam a very popular and fascinating
performing art," said Mr.Nair. These are the aspects that can
attract tourists, he added.
The large number of illustrations and
photographs of different kinds of Theyyam, the costumes and
ornaments that have been included in the book reiterate the visual
aspect of the ritual. The book, which captured the elegance and
splendour of the Theyyam, also contains the author's brief overview of
the ritual in French, German and Spanish languages.
By Mohammed Nazeer, THE HINDU, October 19,2004
"The great cultural heritage of
North Malabar had not been adequately captured and I am glad that you took
the trouble to compile this in detail".
R.K.Krishnakumar, Vice Chairman,
The Indian Hotels Company Ltd. Mumbai.
book with basic information for laymen and tourists is a need of the
time. Shrihari Nair has fulfilled that need with
utmost intelligence and commitment. A highly informative and
as a folk art form has been explained in this booklet for the foreign
tourists in particular. There is also interesting information on the
makeup, music, dance, songs, training, various types and other
perspectives of Theyyam".
inclusive handbook on the most outstanding ritualistic form of performing
arts of North Malabar. The basic information required for tourists, a
glossary of related terms and a detailed geographical map of North Malabar
are the other highlights".
New Indian Express.
book deals with Theyyam, a popular ritual dance of North Malabar in Kerala.
A must read for those who are interested in the subject".
effort to make Theyyam, an art form unique to Malabar, accessible to
a national and international audience".
Balakrishnan, Founder and CEO, Rediff.comLtd.