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Theyyam Ritual

Chetan Pardeshi is an IT professional successfully running his IT business since the last 15 years. Since the last five years, he has been actively pursuing his love for photography and travel.

His photographs have been exhibited in several leading exhibitions across India and have also been published in magazines. Chetan loves to try his hand at different genres of photography. He is very interested in travel and wildlife photography. Besides travelling to new places, he loves to meet new people from various cultures, understand their traditions and try to capture them through his lenses. And of course, Chetan also loves to relish local delicacies!

Chetan Pardeshi

Theyyam or Kaliyattam is a popular ritual form of worship that originated in North Kerala, predominantly in the Kannur and Kasaragod districts. It’s a living cult with several thousand-year-old traditions that encompass dance, mime and music. It exalts the beliefs of aristocratic Thiyyas, who gave a lot of importance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of their ancestors. It’s often performed in kavus (sacred groves) throughout northern Kerala.

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