“Honour the #TIGER in you”, wrote Vidya Balan. Praising the performers, she added, “A big shoutout to each of these 4 artists in the video.. Amazing.”
The video shared by the actor shows four artistes, wearing body paint in the pattern of a tiger’s stripes, performing onstage.
The dance form, identified as Kerala’s traditional Pulikali – the dance of tigers, is believed to have been introduced by erstwhile ruler of Cochin Maharaja Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran two centuries ago.
Pulikali is a symbolic representation of bravery and wild spirit. The video ends with the dancers arranging themselves into a complex position to form a tiger onstage.
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