Live Thrissur Pulikali Dance Festival Celebration 2017 @Swaraj Ground

Live Thrissur Pulikali Dance Festival Celebration 2017 @Swaraj Ground :  Onam is one of the most celebrated festivals of Kerala State. It is being celebrated on the harvest of new crop. The joy of festivity with colour of happiness can be easily observed in the festival of Onam.

Pulikali Dance Festival

Live Thrissur Pulikali Dance Festival Celebration 2017 @Swaraj Ground

Pulikali Dance Festival Swaraj Ground : On the fourth day of Onam , people celebrate the Pulikali Play . Pulikali means Tiger and the Pulikali Play exhibit the haunting and hide – seek activities of a tiger from hunters and also the haunting activities of Tigers.

Men dancing about in abandon, their whole bodies and faces painted to resemble tigers, their huge tummies bobbing about as they prance and move about mimicking a tiger.

This exuberant performance called the Pulikali forms an integral part of the Onam festivities and is held at the Swaraj Round in Thrissur district of Kerala.

The ‘pulis’ as the dancers are called (puli means tiger in local parlance), capers about and dances to the frenetic notes of the Kerala percussion music.

  • Event date: 07-09-2017
  • Venue: Swaraj Round
  • Location: Swaraj Round
  • District: Thrissur

Nearest railway station: Thrissur, about a kilometer
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 54 kms

The Swaraj Ground in Kerala’s Thrissur District play host to the vibrant ‘Pulikkali’ or ‘Tiger Dance’ festival every year in the month of August- September. Hundreds of males with huge bellies and children wearing tiger masks take part in the Tiger dance, that forms a key element of the popular harvest festival of Onam in Kerala.

Pulikali also known as Kaduvaakali, is a folk art form of Kerala in which artists paint themselves with tiger stripes of yellow, red and black, and dance to the rhythm of traditional percussion instruments such as thakil, udukku and chenda. The main theme of the dance is tiger hunting, and its origins are attributed to Muslims soldiers. Though the dance is performed all over Kerala during Onam, it has special significance in Palakkad and Thrissur districts. In Thrissur more than 800 people dressed as tigers from the neighbouring 14 village areas in the district, participate in the event held on the fourth day of Onam.

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