Kannur (Cannanore) is the administrative head quarters of Kannur district in the Indian state of Kerala. During British rule in India, Kannur was known by its old name Cannanore(Land of lord Krishna), which is still in fairly common usage. It is the largest city of North Malabar region. Kannur is known as the Land of Looms and Lores, because of the loom industries functioning in the district and ritualistic folk arts held in temples. Kannur is famous for its pristine beaches; Theyyam, the martial arts( Kalaripayattu), and handloom industry.
Theyyam is a ritualistic dance with rare costume and lively footwork. Theyyam represents a glorious period of folk life in kerala .During the performance souls of the dead heroes of the land and the gods and goddesses are supposed to come to the middle through the medium of the possessed dancer and converse with people on matters of even contemporary significance. It is the worship of spirits by invoking them to the mortal body of the dancer who impersonates them and gives blessing to the believers! The dancer (theyyam) transforms himself to the concerned deity with the help of his extreme devotion, preparation and the rhythmic chanting of mantras and thottam songs. Atmosphere is another important factor in creating the aura of divine splendor such as light, fire, open stage etc.
Kalarippayattu is the mother of all martial arts in the world .The holistic approach of the training is aimed at the ultimate coordination and control over mind and body. The inherent beauty of this art form lies in the harmonious synergy of art, science and medicine. Anyone and everyone- young, old, working professionals--- can reap the benefits of the rich and treasured martial arts. It cures Arthritis, musculoskeletal problems, neurological problems etc. People from all over the world converge in to a small town called Thalassery to learn Kalaripayattu because of its amazing effects on health. We do give a chance for our guests to be introduced to this system of treatment. So join the spirit of celebration and make your time in India a memorable one.