Tiger Dance


Tiger Dance - Udupi


Huli Vesha is form of art and dance. This shows love, respect and veneration showered on the tiger by the people of Dakshin Kannada for whom the striped predator was but another face of god.It is performed mainly on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtani , Navratri and Ganesh Chathurthi. Its an internationally acclaimed Tiger Dance, which takes part in the procession of these Occasion. Men paint their bodies as Tigers and dance to the beats of drums which creates the illusion of Tiger Dancing.

In Huli Vesha, Huli means "Tiger", dancers paint themselves with leopard or cheetah motifs. The rest of his bare body and face is painted with various designs that denote tigers, cheetahs and leopards. A mask made of fake fur and sometimes a tail is worn to complete the ensemble. The paint causes a burning sensation. But this is endured by the persons to be part of the celebrations and also to earn some extra money in the holiday season. Originally people used to do this as a part of a religious vow. The paint is kept on the body for a couple of days and repainted or retouched as desired.