Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Pulikali (tiger dance) is a performing art. Body painting is the main attraction of this street play. During the festival season the artists in Pulivesham from various parts of Thrissur gather at the Swaraj Round, the centre of Thrissur town encircling the Vadakkunnatha Temple. The performers in different types of vibrant Pulivesham painted on their biodies dance and play to entertain the people. There will be a hunter in the costumes of an English man. It is said that this performance originates during the British reign in this country. This video is based on some of my sketches in which I tried to show the wild and macho spirit of the force that enlivens this art form.