Come Onam, the most talked about Fairs and Festivals of Kerala, and is the time for Pulikali in Kerala; the most colorful festival o Kerala. Pulikali is an annual event in Kerala which involves the performing arts of colorful dances and is mainly staged in the Trichur and Palghat districts. The form of art is also called as Kaduvaakali and it attracts visitors from all across the state and from the neighboring region as well. The dancers in the fray are usually three or more in number and they are dressed up in various costumes depicting themselves as animals and other creatures as well. The dancers perform to the loud sound of the music, drums and other percussions like udukku, thakil and many more.
Time for celebrating the Pulikali in Kerala
The usual time for the celebration of Pulikali is the first week of September on the occasion of Onam. The artists come up with many enactments of different forms that are truly colorful. Pulikali is a very colorful display of recreational folk art from presented in the form of dances. The time for Onam is the perfect time to hit the state as the whole of the state remains engulfed in the festivity mood.
Description of the Pulikali in Kerala
The colorful display of the folk art at the time of Onam in Kerala in the form of dance and performances are termed as Pulikali. The art also known as Kaduvaakali is a 200 year old form which has been very carefully preserved by the artists of the state. The form is performed by the trained artists who stage it just to entertain the locals and the visitors. The word Pulikali literally means the 'play of the tigers' so the performance revolves around the theme of tiger hunting. This folk art is mainly staged and practiced in the district of Thissur and Palaghat.
The best place to catch the glimpse of the performance is the Swaraj Ground at Thrissur on the fourth day of Onam. The make-up for the show is a painstaking affair with the artists getting themselves ready from the late hours of the night.