Pulikali ( Tiger Dance ) of Kerala.  Pulikali is a rural art form which is about 200 years old. The make-up for the show is a painstaking affair with the artists getting themselves ready from the late hours of the night.

Pulikali ( Tiger Dance ) of Kerala. Pulikali is a rural art form which is about 200 years old. The make-up for the show is a painstaking affair with the artists getting themselves ready from the late hours of the night.

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Puli Kali : A popular folk art form in Kerala during Onam festival. ("Puli" = Leopard/Tiger & "Kali" = Play in Malayalam language)

Puli Kali : A popular folk art form in Kerala during Onam festival. ("Puli" = Leopard/Tiger & "Kali" = Play in Malayalam language)

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The  Very Colorful Puli Kali Walk at Onam Athachamayam 2012 Tripunithura Kerala India by Poonam Parihar, via Flickr

The Very Colorful Puli Kali Walk at Onam Athachamayam 2012 Tripunithura Kerala India by Poonam Parihar, via Flickr

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Tiger Parade by Shantanu Das via nationalgeographic: Artists painted as tigers transform a road into a carnival during the fourth day of Onam—an annual harvest festival in Kerala, India. #Kerala #India #Shantanu_Das #Tiger_Parade #nationalgeographic

Tiger Parade by Shantanu Das via nationalgeographic: Artists painted as tigers transform a road into a carnival during the fourth day of Onam—an annual harvest festival in Kerala, India. #Kerala #India #Shantanu_Das #Tiger_Parade #nationalgeographic

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Puli Kali ("Puli" = Leopard/Tiger & "Kali" = Play in Malayalam language) also known as Kaduvakali 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, an annual harvest festival, celebrated mainly in the Indian state of Kerala.

Puli Kali ("Puli" = Leopard/Tiger & "Kali" = Play in Malayalam language) also known as Kaduvakali 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, an annual harvest festival, celebrated mainly in the Indian state of Kerala.

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Little boy painted as a tiger celebrates harvest festival of Onam (© Sivaram V - Reuters)

Little boy painted as a tiger celebrates harvest festival of Onam (© Sivaram V - Reuters)

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Puli Kali in the Annual Festival Onam - A young boy participates in the “tiger dance,” a 200-year-old colorful folk art performance. Painting tigers onto performers’ bodies takes 6 to 7 hours.  Photographer Indranil Sengupta, taken in Thrissur, Kerala, India.  #world #culture #photography

Puli Kali in the Annual Festival Onam - A young boy participates in the “tiger dance,” a 200-year-old colorful folk art performance. Painting tigers onto performers’ bodies takes 6 to 7 hours. Photographer Indranil Sengupta, taken in Thrissur, Kerala, India. #world #culture #photography

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