Pulikali - dance of big cats in the street

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Pulikali is a rural art form which is about 200 years old. It is known as kaduvakali too. Men numbering three or more wear the masks of tiger, paint their bodies in yellow and black stripes and dance to the sound of udukku and thakil. Usually, they enact as being hunted by a game hunter or preying on goats. The best place to watch this interesting art form is Swaraj ground at Thrissur on the fourth day of Onam celebrations.

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