Speaking of folk, the Pili dance is the local folk dance where artists get decked up in the avatars of tigers by painting their bodies and having head wigs. They perform some amazing moves and they come in various sizes, shapes, and bodies. There's no restriction of a specific body type or age spectrum to be a pili dance performer. I have seen young children, adults, youth, and even old people with their painted bodies performing this particular dance with the music that no one could resist moving their hands and legs. The beats of those drums can make anyone dance. In the recent Mangalore Dasara celebrations, there were around 15 vehicles filled with all pili dance performers dancing the whole night to entertain people while moving in vehicles. Those performances were an eye feast, and I couldn't hesitate to lift my hand to capture almost everything I could see. Some were exhausted and some were outperforming themselves and some were embracing their culture and dance form. Altogether, I came to know that without Pili dance and these artists, there's no Dasara in Mangalore.