In Tamil Nadu Puliyattam is prevalent which has the overtone of theatricality. Pull means a tiger, and Attam means dance. Puliyattam (tiger-dance) is performed mainly in the districts of Madurai, Ramanathapuram and Tirunelveli. Men of usually good build, wearing mask and painting their entire body with dots and stripes, appeal as tigers in human form. A powerful drum music is the only accompaniment with the dance. Some of the dance movements are inspired by those of tigers. The Puliyattam is performed usually at village festivals.

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