Pulikali

Pulikali festival held on the 4th day of Onam celebration mainly in Thrissur town of Kerala. Pulikali is a colorful recreational folk art from the state of Kerala. It is performed by trained artists to entertain people on the occasion of Onam. This is a 200 year old art, carefully preserved by the artists of the state. Literal meaning of Pulikali is the 'play of the tigers' hence the performances revolve around the theme of tiger hunting. This folk art performed in many parts of Kerala but PuliKali is held at Thrissur is a major tourist attraction of the district and it attracts many locals and outsiders to who come to witness it.

The Appearance Striking feature of this folk art is the colorful appearance of the performers. To get the semblance of a tiger artists paint themselves in bright yellow with patterns of black and red. A tiger mask on the face completes the get up.

The Play It is a wonderful sight to see humans in the guise of tigers roaming in the streets. Children, specifically take great delight in their performance as the entertainers dance, pounce and walk like a tiger. Scenes of tiger hunting goats and tiger being hunted by human beings are also beautifully depicted by them. Beat for the dance movement is provided by percussion instruments like 'udukku' and 'thakil'.



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