Monday, November 19, 2018
Andhra Pradesh

Arts

Puli Vesham OR Tiger Dance

This is a popular one-man dance performed during Dussehra and Muharram festivals. An able bodied man with a narrow strip of cloth around the waist, and the whole body painted with stripes like a tiger and elaborate make-up, sporting a long tail, dances vigorously in tiger like strides and wild jumps. A Dappu or Mridangam provides the rhythm. In some parts of Andhra a second man behind the dancer carries the artificial but heavy tail tied to the back of  the dancer. The dancer lifts a brass pot full of water with his teeth depicting an unruly tiger's devouring nature and strength.
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