51 artists of ‘Puli Kali’ team vow for organ donation
Thrissur: This year, 'Puli Kali' team from Ayyanthole in Thrissur will also promote organ donation along with festive fervour. 51 artists in the ‘Puli Kali’ team will perform with the consent for organ donation.
They have vowed to donate their organs through the state government programme ‘Mrithasanjeevani’.
“We decided to donate organs as part of the ‘Puli Kali’ to give a message to the public,” said the team.
“Earlier, people dressed up as tiger were included in the team. Rhythm and movements of the tiger were not considered. But as the natives became active in ‘Puli Kali’, it became an art form. People with port belly are the stars as the paintings will be more attractive on their belly,” said Ayyanthole Puli Kali committee president Sunil Ghosh.
After the Puli Kali, the artists need at least two and half hours to remove the colours from body. A special committee is also appointed to remove the colours on the artists.
People in Ayyanthole, a village in Thrissur, started to participate in the ‘Puli Kali’ since 2016. As they were not aware on the prize in the event, they failed to prepare well. But in 2017, their team won first prize in Thirssur’s popular ‘Puli Kali’.
Their team also turned volunteers when flood ravaged Kerala in 2018. As 'Puli Kali' was not staged previous year, they dedicated the year for social service which include blood donation, free PSC coaching classes, free yoga classes and cancer awareness camp.
Ayyanthole team is all set for the ‘Puli Kali’ on September 14. The materials to get ready as tigers have been arranged and preparations are on for the day.