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A video that combines Maveli, Onam and the COVID-19 pandemic is a hit on social media

A video that combines King Mahabali, Onam and the importance of wearing a mask is being widely shared on social media.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 28, 2020 11:17:58 am
Onam, Onam 2020, Maveli, Maveli, coronavirus, Onam celebration, Onam and COVID-19, viral video, Kerala onam festival, onam festival, onam during pandemic, onam during COVID-19, Trending news, Indian Express news.The video shows Maveli, the big-bellied emperor, probably unaware of the pandemic situation, grooving to a catchy tune, without a mask. (Picture credit: Screengrab/ Instagram, Suvi Vijay)

An animated video depicting Maveli’s visit to Kerala during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the importance of wearing a mask, is being widely shared on social media.

The video directed and animated by Suvi Vijay shows Maveli, the pot-bellied emperor, returning to Kerala for Onam while dancing to a catchy tune. However, the mythical emperor isn’t wearing a mask and suddenly sneezes.

That’s when an ambulance with two medical professionals in PPE suits turns up, and takes away King Mahabali after wrapping him in a white cloth and putting a mask on him. “Happy Coronam,” says the message at the end of the video.

Watch the video here:

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"HAPPY corONAM" Protect yourself & Others Maveli is coming back to visit us again to celebrate this Onam BUT here he is welcomed in a 'New Normal' way…Check out the video!! During this pandemic, we are proudly presenting a short fun visual treat to you. Sit back and enjoy… DIRECTION / ANIMATION : SUVI VIJAY PIPELINE/RIGGING: ARUN PILLAI ASSET : ANOOP KALPAKA, SASILAL .S, YADHU, VIMAL ,ARUN SYAMALAN SHADING / LIGHTING : ANOOP KALPAKA, SUJITH SASANKAN CLOTH : RENJITH ARJUNAN KURUNGODE BG DESIGN : SREEJESH K DAMODAR FX : VINOD MANAVALAN COMPOSITING : ARUN BALABASKARACHANDRAN, JIJITH K MUSIC : D.A.VASANTH “Isaipettai The Sound Place ” DESIGN : SHIGIL JIMBOLJI . . . " Thanks to all our great "Run Maveli Run" colleagues " . . . . . . . #animation #art #d #illustration #anime #digitalart #cartoon #design #drawing #danimation #artist #motiongraphics #graphicdesign #aftereffects #sketch #artwork #film #motiondesign #coronam #characterdesign #cinema #love #onam #animationart #blender #disney #music #artistsoninstagram #animated #bhfyp

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According to popular legend, Vamana (Lord Vishnu disguised as a brahmin as one of the Dashavatars) asked Maveli, for three pieces of land to take three steps. The king is said to have given heaven, earth and his head to step on.

Maveli was pushed underground after Vamana stepped on his head. Legend has it that the king was granted his wish to visit his subjects once a year. The return of the king is celebrated by Malayalis as Onam.

However, this year Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called for subdued Onam celebrations across the state to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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