The Dance of The Gods - Theyyam,  January 2025

The Dance of The Gods - Theyyam


The Dance of the Gods - The Mesmerising Theyyam of Kerala


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 - 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. 


Continuous Critique sessions, guidance, shoot sessions and discussions in an interactive exciting environment.




8th to 12th of February 2024. 5 Days / 4 Nights stay and includes all meals . The group arrives at Kannur on 8th Feb 2024 before noon . The group can take flight out from Kannur international airport on 12th February 2024 post breakfast/ early afternoon.


Extension :

12th to 15th of February 2024 - The Big Cats of Kabini . Contact : for more information


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 . 


Image Credits ; Dheeraj Paul & Mr. Ajit P

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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.