Kerala’s Folk Artform, Pulikkali to go Online this Onam

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Pulikkali the famous artform of Kerala during the Onam Celebrations will reach your homes this year, not in reality but virtually. The hallmark street pageant of Thrissur, the cultural capital will bring the curtains down for the Onam celebrations.

Usually the human tigers,  with bright yellow and black painted bodies, prance around the city with the accompaniment of rustic beats of drums and roaring fans. The tiger faces painted on their pot bellies faces vibrate rhythmaticaly giving vivid expressions when they dance.

Even amidst the lockdown and restrictions of COVID-19 pandemic, the tigers will perform for one hour from 3.30 p.m. on the fourth Onam Day with their feral dance steps.

The Ayyanthole Desham Pulikkali team is bringing the Online Pulikkali. Around 20 human tigers will perform from their respective homes. People can watch the performance in the Facebook page of the Ayyanthole Desham Pulikkali Samithy, said Organising Samithy President Rajesh Pattayath.

Shakthan Tampuran was who introduced Pulikkali, more than two centuries ago as a street art form. Sidelined as an obsene art form earlier, it got acceptance after bringing up some guidelines and rules for the performance.

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