Sanjai Velayudhan


REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD. THE SPIRITS DID NOT FORGET. VENGEANCE HAS BEEN LONG DUE. Dressed in ornate headgears and colourful intricate make-up, the Theyyam performers take centre-stage in the sleepy district of Kannur in Kerala. As the performers leap in the air and perform an aggressive dance, they enter a state of trance and turn into ‘gods’. The onlookers look transfixed. It is an experience so fantastic that Maria could not have asked for more. On a trip to India to do a thesis on Theyyam, a ritual form of spirit worship, the research scholar from the United States forges an intimate bond with Krish, w...

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