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Pulikali Dance

Pulikali also known as Kaduvakali is a common colorful folk art of Kerala . It is performed by trained artists to entertain people on the occasion of Onam, an annual harvest festival, celebrated mainly in the Indian state of Kerala. During Onam it is performed , on the fourth day of Onam the performers painted like tigers in bright red, yellow and black like a tiger dances to the loud beats of percussion instruments like udukku and thakli.

Pulikali

Pulikali ( Pic: Wiki,Felix Francis)

Pulikali is mainly performed in Thrissur district of Kerala. Origin of this recreational dance goes back to 200-300 years old during the reign of Maharaja Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran. The dance has been evolving since then ,the early days, masks were not used at all and participants would have themselves painted all over, on their faces as well. But now, ready made masks, cosmetic teeth, tongues, beards and mustaches are used by the participants along with the paint on their bodies.

It is a great folk dance enjoyed by people of Kerala, people gathers in the road side cheering to performers and joining them in the dance.

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