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TEYYAM of Gods, Heroes and Ancestors

Kerala, India. 
HD 1920/1080
Filmed from 2016 to 2019

In post production in 2021


Cultic and ritualistic arts have always exerted a great influence on the social life in India, especially Kerala, the home of a myriad range of performing traditions.
Prominent among these is the ritualistic art form of Teyyam.

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During two months of the year, regardless of caste, social function, income, gender and age, people attend Teyyam rituals  to seek blessings, ward off evil spirits, cure disease, have a healthy child-birth, settle disputes, and gain advice and prosperity from the Gods.

Notes on the filming:

Filming a Teyyam ritual is often as much a feat of endurance as it is a technical and logistical challenge.  It goes on and on…and never stops.
By following one of the principle Theyyam performers — a man named Jayanandan Peruvannan — the film will provide an intimate look at some of these Theyyams ceremonies and the complex preparations and rituals that surround them.

Jayanandan Peruvannan’s family can claim many generations of actors.  
The weight of that responsibility is evident, as is the studied discipline and intensity in which Jayanandan assumes his role.
 We’re allowed to witness his transformation, as his persona rises to the status of a God.