Pulikali, also known as Kaduvakali, means the play of the tiger, and is a folk art event that sees groups of pot-bellied men bringing their most fierce dance moves to the streets in the districts of Thrissur and Palakkad in Kerala. The dance is done as part of the Onam festival. This year, for the first time ever, the male-dominated event saw three women joining in on the festivities as part of a partnership with Women Integration and Growth through Sports. Men with large stomachs are usually encouraged to take part in the dance, the idea being that a bigger belly gives a better bounce!
Parts of the dance included performers depicting a tiger catching a goat and being hunted down while traditional percussive instruments like the udukku and the thakil are played.
The traditional folk event dates back 200 years in India and is a carefully-kept tradition by artists of the area.