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Pulikkali Folk Art of Kerala

  • 27 Aug 2020
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Pulikkali will be held online in Kerala this year due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Key Points

  • Pulikkali (Puli means Leopard/Tiger and Kali means Play in Malayalam) is a recreational street folk art performed on the fourth day of Onam celebrations.
    • Onam (August–September) is a Hindu rice harvest festival of Kerala celebrated to commemorate King Mahabali.
  • The folk art is mainly practiced in Thrissur district of Kerala.
  • The main theme of this folk art is tiger hunting with participants playing the role of tiger and hunter.
  • Performers paint their bodies like tigers and hunters and dance on streets to the beats of traditional percussion instruments such as thakil, udukku and chenda.
  • It was introduced by Maharaja Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran, the then Maharaja of Cochin.
  • Another key event which takes place during Onam is Aranmula Boat Race, the oldest river boat festival in Kerala.
    • It takes place at Aranmula in Pampa river, near a Sree Parthasarathy temple in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.
  • Some Other Art Forms of Kerala:

Source: TH

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