Catalog SearchSite Search
Click to Home
How Do I?
Norwalk Public Library
1 Belden Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06850
Fax: 203-866-7982
South Norwalk Branch
10 Washington St.
Norwalk, CT 06854
Library Display
Barbara Paul Photography Exhibit "Theyyam Ritual Dance - India"
 May 20 - June 24
Library Foyer

Barbara Paul Photography   Barbara Paul Photography
Artist Reception for Ms. Paul will be held on Sunday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m
All are welcome to stop in to speak with the artist and enjoy light refreshments.

The Norwalk Public Library is pleased to present "Theyyam Ritual Dance - India," a photography exhibit by Barbara Paul, from May 20 - June 24, in the foyer and Main Reading area, located at 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk. 

Barbara Paul's longtime interest has been to seek out and photograph traditionally costumed people at tribal festivals around the world. Theyyam dances were among the most exceptional experiences she had ever encountered. This ancient Hindu form of ritual dance is a spectacular display of religious devotion , which has long been practiced in the Kerala region of Southern India. Elaborately costumed dancers have their faces intricately painted and wear enormous headdresses and wide, brightly colored skirts. They take on the forms of revered Gods and Goddesses as they dance to the accompaniment of frenzied drumming in the sandy courtyards of village temples. These dancers are lovingly observed by villagers, who line-up at the end of the dance to ask for blessings. At night, Theyyam dancers jump through huge fires, lending even more excitement to the ritual. A Westport resident for many years, Barbara Paul, photographs people living in remote regions of Asia, Africa and other parts of the world, where few travelers visit. She photographs their ethnic dress, tribal and religious customs, festivals and daily way of life, capturing the spirit of the moment in each photograph. She is a graduate of Career Coach Schedule Wellesley College and the NYU School of Business Administration, and a member of the Fairfield Arts Council, the Westport Arts Center, and the Stamford Art Association. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications, and she has exhibited her work at libraries, art centers and museums in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester, NY. "Theyyam Ritual Dance - India," is her fourth exhibit at the Norwalk Public Library. 

For additional information about this exhibit and reception, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or