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Kalaripayattu Martial Arts

Kalaripayattu Martial Arts, Kerala

Kerala - The Arena Of Martial Art Forms


It's now time to witness the ancient martial art from the roots of India. Watch out for the battlefield in Kerala. Kerala, famous for its various unique art forms since decades, is also credited for the origin of the highly acclaimed martial art form- Kalaripayattu. Kalari being one of the oldest martial arts in the world is evolved in north Kerala. Besides, it has nurtured numerous other martial art forms such as Parisa Kali, Velakanni, Valeru, Kunderu and Njaninmel Kali.

Kalaripayattu has its roots in Kalari. In ancient times, Kalari was like an esteemed school or holy place which was popular for learning subjects like medicine, philosophy, architecture, astrology and geometry. Knowledge on Yoga and some fighting styles was also imparted to the students. These ancient fighting styles, in a collaborative manner, were discovered as Kalaripayattu as a whole. It was a blend of several fight forms, and required quick responsiveness, speed, flexibility and good coordination of soul, mind & body. Kalaripayattu is an immortal martial art form. The basic pattern for this fight is derived from Yoga and various medical treatment related to Kalaripayattu is extracted from Ayurveda. Sometimes Kalaripayattu seems to be a perfect blend of fighting styles of both South & North India. This art form has lived for more than 1,500 years now.

Besides, Parisa Kali of North Malabar and Velakanni of Travancore are the two other renowned martial art forms of Kerala. These art forms also require a hard physical training and knowledge regarding the use of arms. One needs to develop and maintain a good speed and flexibility for these martial art forms. The Velaksanni martial art form symbolizes the style followed in the battle of Kurukshetra, and is generally exhibited during the temple festival at Cherthala, Ambalapuzha and Thiruvananthapuram. If you want more thrilling martial art forms, then go for Valeru (sword throwing), Kunderu and Njaninmel Kali (tightrope walking). It's actually fun watching these fighting styles on several occasions and festivals. Kerala has kept its tradition alive in the heart and mind of people around the world through these art forms with full zeal and enthusiasm.

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