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Body painted Pulikali performers wait before performance during annual Pulikali festival on 3rd Onam day at Trichur, Kerala, India..Pulikali or Kaduvvakali is a two hundred year old folk dance form, practised mostly in Thrissur and Palghat districts of Kerala. It liberally makes use of forms and symbols of nature that finds expression in its bright, bold body painting and high-energy dance movements. The philosophy of Pulikali is that human and nature are integral parts of each other. So by fusing man and beast in its artistic language, it flamboyantly celebrates the connection. Arindam Mukherjee
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