This painting of a Theyyam dancer was painted in 2012 as a gift for Good Homes Magazine as it turned four years old in India. Theyyam is an artistic dance form where metaphysical thoughts and expressions of immortal souls are impersonated by a believer through a mortal body. Theyyam originated from “Kaliyattam” once practiced by the tribal community of north Kerala. Theyyam has grown to the present form through many transformations since its origin. Landlords and chieftains of those days are the main forces behind many of such transformations. The community and its body began to use this art to propagate the major theme of social enforcement. The artists are also encouraged by the authorities to introduce new themes into its traditional layers and classified different acts and expressions to match specific needs for their desire. The character representations were very broad. They range from mild to wild in representations.
As a theme Theyyam lends itself well to artistic interpretations. By its very nature it brings forth goodwill to those in its presence and promises to ward off evil.
This is a digital reproduction of the original painting. The print is available on regular as well as premium quality, acid-free paper with archival inks.
Original sold, only prints available.
Signed and dated by the artist.