Pulikali Folk Art Of Kerala | UPSC

Pulikali Folk Art Of Kerala | UPSC 

About Pulikali Folk Festival :

  • Onam (August–September) is a Hindu rice harvest festival of Kerala celebrated to commemorate King Mahabali.
  • The origin of Pulikali dates back to over 200 years, when the Maharaja Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran, the then Maharaja of Cochin, is said to have introduced the folk art.  
  • During the Onam celebrations , performers painted like tigers and hunters in bright yellow, red, and black dance to the beats of instruments like Udukku and Thakil.  
  • Onam is a rice harvest Festival.

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Key Facts About Festival : 

  • Started By  : Maharaja Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran, the then Maharaja of Cochin.
  • State : Kerala 
  • Theme Of The Festival : The main theme of this folk art is tiger hunting with participants playing the role of tiger and hunter.

Festival Celebration Timing : 

  • Onam (August–September)
  • It is a Hindu rice harvest festival of Kerala celebrated to commemorate King Mahabali.

Origin of The Festival : 

  • The origin of Pulikali dates back to over 200 years, when the King Ramavarma is said to have introduced the folk art during Muharram.
  • Mohemeddan soldiers of the British army stationed in Thrissur celebrate Muharram and perform the art form decked as tigers with peculiar steps resembling the tiger, then known as ‘Pulikkettikali. 

Questions And Answers :

Q 1. The folk art Pulikali is is mainly practiced in?

  1. Pathanamthitta
  2. Thrissur
  3. Wayanad
  4. Palakkad

 

 

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