Kalaripayattu to be taught at Kerala Tourism’s Vellar Crafts Village
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Culture
- Kalaripayattu is set to see a surge in popularity with the establishment of an academy in the Kerala capital.
- Lessons in Kalaripayattu will now be taught at Kerala Tourism’s Vellar Crafts Village en route to Kovalam.
- The 3,500 Sq. Ft. academy in the village is scheduled to be completed in two months.
- Kerala Chief Minister released the syllabus of the Kalaripayattu Academy recently during the inauguration of the renovated Crafts Village.
Important value additions
- It is also known as Kalari.
- It is an Indian martial art and fighting style that originated in Kerala.
- It is considered to be among the oldest martial arts still in existence, with its origin dating back to at least the 3rd century BC.
- It includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods.
- Practitioners of Kalaripayattu also possess intricate knowledge of pressure points on the human body and healing techniques that incorporate the knowledge of Ayurveda and Yoga.
- Unlike other parts of India, warriors in Kerala belonged to all castes.
- Women in Keralite society also underwent training in Kalaripayattu, and still do so to this day.
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