Onam Pulikkali 2009

October 12, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Lifescape | 1 Comment
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“Once a year in September, the small town of Thrissur in Kerala

(in south-western India, a state just west of Tamil Nadu) comes alive with swarms of “tigers.”

The display, called Pulikkali, meaning tiger play or tiger dance,

has been taking place annually for over a century. It is part of the

larger festival of Onam, which is especially popular in Kerala.

Hundreds of men, and a few young boys, spend hours getting their

body painted from head to toe to resemble a tiger. Some don tiger

face masks or attach tiger masks to their bellies. They then prance

through the town in a choreographed, exuberant display, sometimes

mimicking a tiger moving on its hind legs, at other times doing

a frenzied dance to the beat of indigenous drummers.

This spectacular display is crowded and rowdy but great fun.

” Below, a selection of scenes from tiger-play.

Onam Pulikkali 2009
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  1. Nice blog, really a cool theme too. Do u know how to prepare Onasadya and how to serve it?…. Just see our post here

    http://recipes4hunger.blogspot.com/2010/03/onam-sadhya-how-to-prepare-onasadya-how.html


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