Tirayattam, also called Theyyattam, is a ritual dance-drama of central Malabar. It is performed as part of festive celebrations in Kavus
. This dance is usually performed at night with the accompaniment of indigenous instrument. The whole drama is illuminated by torches made of coconut fronds. Tirayattam got its name because it is performed in every temple of the ‘tira’ or the village. It celebrates the exploits of Lord Shiva
and Goddess Kali
. This dance form uses beautiful wooden masks for deity characters.