Theyyam — also known as Kaliyattam or Tira — is a colourful socio-religious dance form that is performed in the coastal regions of Kerala and Karnataka.

This dance form is mainly performed by men, except the Devakoothu Theyyam which is only performed by women.

Glimpses from the Theyyam festival in Somwarpet, Karnataka.









Photographs curated by Manisha Kotian/
Feature Presentation: Ashish Narsale/

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