Thrissur puli kali, cultural fest of thrissur during onam festival
Thrissur district cultural event – puli kali
Puli kali is a main ancient play hosts in kerala, puli kali means playing of a leopard, puli kali is a folk dance form performed all over kerala, but thrissur puli kali has prominent place compare to other places. pulikali performed in pooram festival of thrissur and sometimes in onam seasons. there is not a song followed with this art form, the participants who take par in the puli kali appears like a leopard they painted the body with yellow color paint and face also look like a leopard mustache also, both the face and stomach painted in the form of a leopard, the movement of stomach is look like the roaring of leopard.
Thrissur puli kali is celebrated in grand manner at the fourth day of onam. thrissur pulikali is a great entertainment for the localities in thrissur. tthe onam celebrations of thrissur is nothing without puli kali. the pulikali groups known as sangams.There are different steps to paint a man in pulikali appearance, first upon the body must be hairless and apply the base coat of the paint, it is a combination of tempera powder and varnish. the first stage of painting remains rest for 3 hour for get dry. the second stage is to pictured the form of leopard in required designs, the designs of the leopards vary with the wish of participants.
pulikali troupe performing dances after their paintings is started about afternoon. the groups of pulikali joined together and dance, the shaking of leopard appears in stomach is the highlight of the puli kali.
A hunter is always follows the group of pulikali and he hold a gun to shoot the leopards, leopard are try to escape from the hunter, this is the theme of pulikali. the group of thrissur pulikali finally reach at thrissur vadakkumnatha temple.