Kalaripayattu to be taught at Kerala Tourism’s Vellar Crafts Village 

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  • January 19, 2021
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Kalaripayattu to be taught at Kerala Tourism’s Vellar Crafts Village 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Culture

In news 

  • Kalaripayattu is set to see a surge in popularity with the establishment of an academy in the Kerala capital.

Key takeaways 

  • 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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