Sunday, April 29, 2007

Mayhem

Bangalore's landmark May flowers are in Full bloom ! The 'Gulmohr' tree makes Banglore a true Garden City at this time of the year. They call it the 'flame of the forest'. Legend has it that the tree is named gulmohur because its flower looks like gul (rose) and the leaf spread appears like the feathers of a mor (peacock).

Other flowering trees like the Rain Flower tree too are in bloom. Just awaiting the rain god's to open up on them.

Celebrate the flamboyant Gulmohur, and the wonderful Season . .


Oh ! btw, MAY DAY ! MAY DAY!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Invoking the Supernatural

'Theyyam' is a special performance to seek blessings for the household and offer prayers to the ancestors. It is a popular ritual of Kannur, north of Kerala. Read on more from the link . .

A performer, prepares for the trance, sleeping on a bed of fire.


If you thought i was a couch potato, think again !


Up Close.
There is no stage of curtains for these shows. The devotees just stand around and the dancer who propitiates the deity has to reside in these rituals which last to over 12 hours.


Another Incarnation . .


After morphing into the god or goddess, the danceer runs into the courtyard and dances in a pocessed manner.


A sneak peak at face painting prior to the show.


The bizzare head dresses, costumes and body painting and trance like performances are very extraordinary.


Am i Scary enough ?


The costumes are made out of natural materials like coconut leaves and bark. The paint is made from natural resources too.


Oh well, yes thats just to prove a point that the vibrance of the show is the colors ! And, here is another BRAVEHEART. The kids are usually placed in the hands of the deity to invoke blessing. But I can bet, the kid can never fear anything ever again. A true Malabar kid!


The term ‘theyyam’ is derived from the word ‘Daivam’, meaning divine.
Ever wonder why god comes to Earth in inhuman forms ?
What is global Warming ? As if anyone cares . . .