Pili Yesa (Huli Vesha)
Acrylic on A3 300gsm paper
© Original Art.
Please refrain from copying.
Revealing my artwork for the #ArtisticFolklore collaboration where 35+ artists are presenting a unique dance form of India in #Kalamkar , hosted by my talented peeps @ingenuitybylakshmi and @designish_studios.
Pili Yesa in Tulu "Tiger Masque" is a folk dance unique in coastal Karnataka. Pilivēṣa also called Huli Vesha is performed during Navratri to honour the Goddess Durga whose escort animal is the tiger. It was originated in Udupi District of Karnataka and initially performed during the Krishna Janmashtami/Mosarukudike and Ganesha Chaturthi at Mangalore, Udupi, Moodabidri, Kundapur and many other places in Tulu Nadu.
Typically, young males form troops of five to ten members or more, which will have three to five males painted and costumed to look like tigers, and a band called thaase in Tulu or himmela with two or three drummers. The music is very energetic and catchy and one can't simply resist from dancing.
While Pili means "tiger" in Tulu, dancers also painted themselves with leopard or cheetah motifs. Each person will be wearing just shorts, which usually has a tiger-skin motif. The rest of the bare body and face is painted with various designs that denote tigers, cheetahs, and leopards. A headgear or mask made of fake fur and sometimes a tail is worn to complete the ensemble.
The skills may vary from person to person and the basic skill required is to know the tiger dance steps which requires one to have enough stamina. Usual skills performed by the artists are Fire breathing, Hand walking, Handstands, gymnastic moves, picking money from mouth by bending backwards and lifting akkimudi with the teeth and throwing it backwards etc..
I have used the green background to represent the greenery of malenaaDu and the brown triangles to represent the red tiled roofs of the houses that are typical to the area.
Revealing with me today is @priyanka_folkart.
And revealing tomorrow are @seemaartvilla
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