Theyyam or Thirayattam is a ritual dance form of Northern Kerala, India. The word Theyyam has been derived from Daivam, meaning God.
Agni Kandakarnan is a theyyam having heavy torches around the waist of the kolam.
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82 Replies to “Agni Kandakarnan Theyyam”
Wow.. Scintillating… Perfect exposure… !!!
wow kidilan snap… kidilan lighting,.. too good
woow….ravishing…I love the contrast here..
A beauty in the beast!!! but I have never heard of this festival though… will be good to see it. :)
too good…amazing lighting.
Beautiful capture of those fires, but it looks very dangerous for the person inside! Didn’t see his hands at first glance, but there’s really someone in there! Must be spectacular to see.
powerful man…this must have been played outdoors, right?
if u have other captures of the play, we would love to see them
really impressive composition wonderful light management, good work
Eindrückliches Spiel mit dem Feuer !
this shot speaks for itself…firelight is so vigorous & those eyes are so mysterious…hands for fire spells…reminds me of voodoo & Witchcraft…Daivam(God) resides in mystery …
Oh My God…wat a wonderful sparkling shot!! full of fire and passion of d performer is seen in d shot!!
hey i shud thnk u..for making me aware of so many art forms of kerala!! end up feeling more proud about our culture and art forms!!
That’s dangerous and exciting at the same time.
A very descriptive picture!
nice shot , picture speaks for itself…
Magical ritual and light. WOW!
Very good lighting.
An excellent shot.
i wonder how he is dancing with all those fire torches protruding out of him … must be tough and thrilling at the same time .. cool art form and capture of dancer along with fire looks pretty awesome :)
That is a beautiful capture, somehow showing the supremacy of FIRE.
Hypnotized by fire ! Fantastic colors, Joshi.
Nice. Good to know about various rituals and cultures.
Nice shot. Some it implies or carries lot of meaning.
Sorry to be absent from the replying more :)
We are really in the action
Superb capture. Light is very nice. Excellent work.
very beautiful!!! also a bit scary like the red knight in the fischer king lol
Beautiful capture !
excellent capture with the fire and the dance.
Interesting glimpse into a foreign culture. Well done!
This is great Joshi! Love it!
It should be an interesting festival. Beautiful management of the light.
Old tradition! Superb!
Fantastic shot. The flames are so vibrant.
wow! ecellent shot!!
I can hear that dancing fire, Joshi, your light as always is gorgeous & the atmosphere very viviv, strong, close. We do participate !
Wow ! terrific picture !!
Indian culture where compliance
Great picture. Always wonder how they do such dances.
La danse et le feu sont bien exprimés sur cette photo
I used to be scared stiff of there dancers…there was something so menacing about the dance and the attire.
Un peu dangereux cette dance autour du feu.
WoW! excellent and impressive. Have a nice day Joshi :)
fantastic light and composition
What a super capture of the dance, beautifully done cool light and shadow play
Great capture of the ritual dance along with the fascinating dance of the fire. Beautiful lighting and colors, excellent shot!
Beautifully captured !
Technically challenging !
Lucky 47 commentator ! :)
Great capture. Always a pleasure to view your images.
I can see a face in the fire on the left hand side.
Love the colours!
Very interesting image; love the exposure as well
excellent light for this head , i love
impressive dance of fire ….
A great atmosphere!
wildly wonderful photo, I hope they don’t catch their grass on fire.
Wonderful atmosphere, very nice picture :-)
amazing light , great atmosphere :)
It shoud be faboluous beeing there! your shot gives the atmosphera of that moment.
I love shots like this and the previous one taken by fire light.
i like the drama showed in this picture! awesome!
This looks dangerous!
Magnificent !! An excellent composition, the colors are special .
Un buen disparo, te ha quedado genial.
Nice picture. But I am curious how you got the picture from Thiruvananthapuram. Theyyam is in North Kerala. That is starting from Vadakara. If you did snap the picture in Thiruvananthapuram it must have been a Tourist event.
Awesome capture, great light and fire! Excellent image Joshi! Best regards, Andrei.
What a lighting in that! The tones are just great..
Wow… this is so beautiful.. I have heard about theyyam, but not about agni theyyam. Are these dances mostly about war or anger, because the fire and dancer’s expression make it look fearful.
Great Shiot! I miss watching a performance live inspite of such long years in Kerala
Thats a great shot :)
more photos of khanda karnan over here
wow! this is wonderful! love your photography!
A wonderful spectacle!
Really interesting and wonderful photos, beautiful and scary at the same time.
Very atmospheric Joshi! Took me back to my hometown. This is called ‘Kola’ in Mangalore.
very nice one, joshi.
i can feel the flame’s intensity and vibrancy.
Strange but intriguing – vibrant
This is a wonderful image Joshi, have a great rest of the week.
Very nice! India alwais amaze us!
Good Photo, Good light. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Tushar :)