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Pulikali, also known as Kaduvaakali, is a 200 year old art, having literal meaning of Pulikali is the 'play of the tigers' hence the performance revolve around the theme of tiger hunting.PuliKali  is a colorful recreational folk art from the state of Kerala. It is performed by trained artists to entertain people on the occasion of Onam, the festival of kerala. The performers of pulikali painted like tigers and hunters in bright yellow, red, and black dance to the beats of instruments like Udukku and Thakil.
It is mainly practiced in Thrissur district of Kerala.Participants in pulikali would have themselves painted all over, on their faces as well. But now, readymade masks, cosmetic teeth, tongues, beards and mustaches are used by the participants along with the paint on their bodies. This folk art gives a colorful appearance of the performers. A particular combination of tempera powder and varnish or enamel is used to make the paint.Scenes such as the tiger preying on an animal and a tiger being hunted by a game-hunter are enacted beautifully in pulikali.

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