Thirayattam (Devotional Folk Dance), Chemancheri, 2018

#1 May 23rd, 2018, 19:18
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We, Mrs N and I, were very happy to be hosted in style by narayanvee and his family, for this event on 7th/8th April of this year. Let's begin by quoting his explanation of the dance, with a link to his thread...
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Originally Posted by narayanvee View Post “Thirayattam” (Thira) is the devotional folk dance performed in many small temples in some areas of Malabar especially in Kozhikode (Calicut) District in Kerala. In North Malabar another form which is different, but similar in many ways called ‘theyyam’ is performed. Thira is performed as part of worship of the ‘minor deities’ which are the deities connected with Shiva and Shakti (Kali). So most of these deities such as “Veerabhadran”,”Bhairavan”, ‘KuttyChathan,”,”Vettakkorumak an” etc. are connected with Shiva, where as “Bhagavathi”,”Chamundi”etc. are connected to Kali. The attire and make up of the dancers are different for each deity and these festivals are usually conducted in the local temples mainly during March and April.
I, being a nonbeliever in these forms of worship, usually do not attend functions like these, as I do not like to be part of the worshippers. Yes, may be a sort of ego problem. The cultural and artistic aspect of these festivals and the performance are really valuable and delightful. The performers are generally from a few communities and they are well versed and skilled in this.
This year I decided to be a spectator of such a performance at our “Tharavadu” (ancestral home) called “Choyiakkat” which is in the Chemancheri Village near Calicut. Most of the prominent “Nair Tharavds” had a temple of their own in the earlier days with their family deities. The founder of our ancestral temple seems to have been really generous in the selection of the deities and later he himself has been added as a deity called “Guru Karanavar” or simply Karanavar. As there are so many deities, there are also dance performances in the name of all these deities and it is a more than a 24 hours programme. The preliminary function starts early morning and the performance lasts till the next day late morning. Another important event in this is the procession conducted to many homes for collecting bunches of coconuts. This is an offering from the devotees. In most of the temples there are “Velichapads”(oracles), but at this temple after the death of the earlier persons, nobody has come up till now.
This year the festival began on the 7th of April and I arrived at the place by 3 pm, when the first performance of “Kuruthi”(sacrifice) started. In earlier days a cock was sacrificed during this. The “thira’ performance started after this. I shall be uploading the photos of these performances in the PHOTO section beginning from this “Kuruthi”.
I had planned to make a much longer self-drive expedition, but, as they have before, cats got in the way, and kittens made me decide to take just a week away from home, and that was only possible thanks to a cat-loving maid. Luckily, I had booked train tickets before thinking of the drive.

Even at the last minute, we almost didn't make it, as Mrs N developed a fever two days before leaving. But we did leave, and arrived on the morning of the 7th, to be met at the station by narayanvee and one of his brothers.

The event is scheduled to begin at 2.30pm, and run through until after 6.00am the following morning. The temple ground is just across the road from narayanvee's house. We went out there in the afternoon, to see things getting under way. We decided to sleep in the evening, and return for the 2.00am final session.


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Interesting and definitely would love to hear and see the rest of it!
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Over fifty photos to follow. Just wondering if I should upload to the thread, the gallery, or externally? Photos posted to threads get horribly compressed.

But they will be posted, over the next day or two
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Hi Nick, at last good to see that you have started the thread. Hope will continue with a lot of pics. Where needed I may try to explain.

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Over fifty photos to follow. Just wondering if I should upload to the thread, the gallery, or externally? Photos posted to threads get horribly compressed.But they will be posted, over the next day or two
Hope you can do both, the gallery as well as the thread.
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Or Tapatalk could be an option to just load the photos.
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I have some problems with Tapatalk, and the pics are on the PC, so don't want to involve the phone.

ok... I'm going to use links to imgur, as the upload is so easy
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Let's Get Started. Content is going to be almost entirely photos. There's nothing I can really explain. But narayanvee might









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... I wish I could have taken these home with me
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That's it for the afternoon, our first session.
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I am from the same state, and I have seen neither a theyyam nor a thira live ever.

Thanks for the pics, Nick.
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Thanks for the appreciation. More, yet more to come
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Thanks for the appreciation. More, yet more to come
Hope you will continue with the pics. which are really good. Problem of selecting?
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Thirayattam (Devotional Folk Dance), Chemancheri, 2018

Thank you!

I will post some more very soon.

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