The Dance of The Gods - Theyyam, January 2023

Amazing Kambala and The Dance of The Gods - Theyyam


The Dance of the Gods - The Mermerising Theyyam of Kerala

A Guided Photography Journey to cover Two of the Most Amazing Festivals – Kambala & Theyyam.


The blissful state of Karnataka and Kerala have great wealth of cultural traditions . The celebrations of these traditions is through an array of races, fairs and festivals which can be any photographer’s delight stories. They bring forward ancient myths that speak of gods, goddesses, saints, heroes and demons who once walked through this incredible land inspiring extreme Photo-Journeys.


About - Kambala

Kambala is an annual mud splashing buffalo race held in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. Traditionally, it is sponsored by local Tuluva landlords and households in the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada . A event that offers sight and sound that beholds all photographers.


About - The Dance of the Gods

One of the most special and extraordinary festivals one can witness in Kerala is none other than Theyyam. The word Theyyam literally means ‘God‘ and hence the Theyyam dance is known as the ‘Dance of Gods‘. 


Performed by men enacting female roles too by wearing elaborate make-up, intricate headgears and colorful costumes It is unique, powerful and a divine splendour to watch and Shoot - colourful costumes , exotic make-up and hair raising dance moves are the main highlights of Theyyam. 


The colours and lighting can be mind-boggling , feast your ears with the hypnotic chants and rhythmic drumbeats as well as your eyes with the colourful pageantry and vigorous dance moves that are any photographer’s dream project. The facial makeup is so complex that the artist has to lie on the floor for hours while the designs are painted on their faces - we shoot the behind the stage too.. Many of these performances involves dancers walking on hot coal, the sacrifice of a rooster, etc.

Be prepared for erratic sleep hours as many of these festivities run late into the night and even early hours of the morning . We shall have many hours of guided photography shoot sessions covering most intricate Genres as we travel along the coast to witness the authentic celebrations around Dance of the Gods with Highly acclaimed photo-mentor & Travel Photographer Dheeraj Paul & Indian Photo Tours operations team ensuring highest safety precautions protocols during travel and stay. 




An exclusive behind the scenes as well as beach shoot session of world famous Kalaripayuttu is planned during sundowner along with many blue hours and sunset shoots (subject to availability and Covid prevention SOP’s). Continuous Critique sessions, guidance, shoot sessions and discussions in an interactive exciting environment.




15th to 19th of January 2022. 5 Days / 4 Nights stay and includes all meals . The group meets at Mangalore on 15th January 2022 by 3.00PM, which is well connected by air , road and rail with major towns of India. The group can take flight out from Kannur international airport on 19th January 2022 late evening.


Strict Hygiene and Precautions


Our Comprehensive Stay & Travel Safe policy ensures highest safety precautions & protocols during group travel and stay. Single occupancy subject to availability on first come first basis. Social distancing & usage of Face masks are compulsory as deemed.

Inland Travel : to various festival village locations at Mangalore (during Kambala) & Kannur Airport drop can be arranged on actuals at Kannur.


Enquiry : 


If you want to be on  this Master Class and need any assistance/information, call Indian Photo Tours at 9910903636 /9811044788 or write to . 

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Text Copyright Indian Photo Tours 2022 ; Photo Credits Dheeraj Paul , Sanjiv Bhandula and various Participants/ Photo-enthusiasts who have travelled with us as well as attended various activities conducted by Indian Photo Tours.