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Unnikkaala Or Paikkidakolam (Calf Motif) Or Kalavela

 

paikkidakkolam .calf motif

paikkidakkolam .calf motif

 

In Kerala bullock is believed to be the symbol of agriculture. A Good bullock yields to exceptional harvest. Farmers offer a bullock to the local deity to express his gratitude towards all those natural factors sunlight, rain, cattle which contribute to the farmer a good harvest. Some offer Paikkidakkolam or calf motif to save their cattle from diseases.

 

 

the fest of those who toil .in the field

the fest of those who toil .in the field

 

The kalakali being presented in Thrithala area is different from the other parts of the Palakkad district. The Bullocks are well decorated and remains as a visual splendour in other parts of the district. But here it is a crude form and smaller too.

 

 

 

 

 

ready for show

ready for the show

Farmers make kalas or calf motifs using bamboo poles and paddy hay and dried plantain leaves. The head is made of coral tree, a soft wood (murukku in Malayalam).

 

 

 

kala kali

kala kali

 

 

 

Farmers hold the effigies of bullocks on their shoulders, thus expressing their thankfulness towards the animals for working tirelessly for the farmers the whole year round.

 

 

 

 

kalakali

kalakali

the offering of this bullock or calf motif  is usually carried out by members of Pulaya community.they shouts aloud  pooy pooy poooy rhythmatically, to redempt the cattle stock from the devils,

and other evil spirits. The theme of gratitude remains relevant even in the age of tractors and bulldozers.

bullock motiffs oe trithala area

bullock motifs in trithala area

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There is always something left behind…a twig, fragments of a bangle, a seed, a blossom on the hedges enrolled in the red list.

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