Opal Radhakrishnan’s life-size Theyyam sculpture to décor Folklore academy
Kannur: Popular sculptor and photographer Opal Radhakrishnan will hand over his new sculpture featuring Theyyam to Kerala Folklore Academy in Kannur. He took three months to complete the huge sculpture of Muchilot Bhagavathy in the form of Theyyam.
The sculpture will be handed over to the academy on May 25. It will be installed here as part of the renovation of the academy. Public will be allowed to visit the beautiful sculpture from May 25.
The sculpture is an exact copy of Muchilot Bhagavathy Theyyem. The artist made the sculpture with great skill and took effort to beautifully make even minute details with proper finish.
The face and costume look similar to the original Theyyam. Paper pulp and natural colours are used to make the sculpture.
“I consulted many Theyyam artists while making the sculpture. I wanted to give it a natural look on the basis of their guidance,” said the sculptor.
Earlier also, Radhakrishnan have made many Theyyam sculptures. All these sculptures are a major attraction at P Kunhiraman Nair memorial museum in Kanhangad. Sculptures of Theyyam forms like Panchuruli, Rakthachamundi, Bhairavan, Vishnumoorthi and Muchilot Bhagavathy are included in this collection.
However, the new Theyyam sculpture is a special one. The old sculptures have only three feet height while, the new one is a life-size sculpture that looks like a real Theyyam.
Radhakrishnan’s sculptures also décored temples including Muchilot Bhagavathy temple and Kannadiparambu temple.
Sculptures featuring Muthappan Vellattam and Thiruvappana are also included in his Theyyam sculptures.