Dancing to the rhythm of Chendas at Thrikkaipetta’s Temple Festival
On 18 and 19 February, the Puthenveedu Temple of Thrikkaipetta celebrated its annual Temple Festival.
For this occasion, a ritual dance form called Thira was performed. It is a subdivision of the dance Theyyam which is performed in the Malabar region of Kerala. Thira brings the gods to life through dance. The performer wears a colorful costume and ceremonial facial paint. He is accompanied by the rhythm of the Chenda drums. It is a fascinating show where you discover the mystical side of rural India that makes you want to dive into the richnedd of all traditions of North Kerala.
The temple festival is a joyful, annual ceremony, which the communities of Thrikkaipetta attend. Apart from the Thira performance, many villagers also like to bring their own instruments and dance all night to the rhythm of the Thudi drums and the Cheenam flute. Good mood is guaranteed! It is truly a celebration you won’t want to miss if you visit Thrikkaipetta in February.