'Tigers' in Thrissur create history by organising 'Virtual Pulikkali'
Thrissur: With COVID restrictions affecting Onam celebrations this year, the 'tigers' that appear in the town every year could not stay back this time. Following all precautions, they actively played the role of 'tigers' virtually. Keralites all over the world watched 'Virtual Pulikkali' on the fourth day of Onam.
It was Ayyanthole Desam Pulikkali Sangham that organised the 'Virtual Pulikkali' with the help of technology when it was about to be cancelled this year due to COVID restrictions.
People of different age groups ranging from 67-year-old Unnikrishnan to 12-year-old Sayanth Santhosh acted well as 'tigers' in front of the camera. Parvathy, a class 10 student, helped her father Shaji Govind to make-up as Puli.
A total of 16 tigers were part of the 'Virtual Pulikkali'. With the help of Zoom app, all tigers were included in a single frame and the show was aired live through the Facebook page of Ayyanthole Pulikkali Sangham.
The programme started at 3.30 pm and ended by 4.30 pm. About 21,000 people watched the 'Virtual Pulikkali' live. The show also garnered over 42,000 likes by Thursday 5.10 pm.
Apart from this, a single tiger of Viyyur Pulikkali Sangham arrived at Naduvilal. Parvathy, the member of women Pulikkali team of last year, appeared at Thekkinkadu ground in a tiger costume as part of COVID awareness.