Vedan Thullal

It is a ritual art form that is popular in the Kannur and Kasaragod districts of Kerala. Vedanthullal is performed by artistes who belong to the Malayan and Vannan communities, who are generally the practitioners of the art form of Theyyam. With a crown made of Pala, draped in silk, with a painted face and making the sound of hand bells, the performer goes to each and every courtyard of local households. In tune with the drumbeat, two or three persons engage in singing. Adivedan, Karthodathi, Onavedan etc. are the three different kinds of Vedan. The first and the second are performed during the month of Karkkidakam (June/July) and the second one falls during the month of Chingam (August/September), on the day of Thiruvonam.