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World Tourism Day

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  • September 29, 2022
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In News: World Tourism Day celebrations organised at The Sarovaram Biopark in Kozhikode under the aegis of National Service Scheme (NSS) units of colleges.

  • NSS volunteers took part in beach cleaning drive on the Kozhikode beach.
  • Kite surfing, an Olympic event was explained by One India Kite team captain.
  • Face art session and flash mob were held.
  • Students painted “gratitude stones” to be distributed among visitors to the park and created colourful eco-friendly signboards in place of plastic signboards.
  • A Kalaripayattu demonstration by Kadathanad K.P. Chandran Gurukkal Memorial Kalari Sangham marked the Tourism Day celebrations on Kappad Blue Flag Beach
  • A marathon was held on the Vadakara beach with 50 students, people’s representatives, and local residents.

About Kalaripayattu:

  • 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.

About National Service Scheme (NSS):

  • It is an Indian government sector public service program conducted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • It was launched in Gandhiji’s Centenary year in 1969.
  • Aimed at developing student’s personality through community service
  • NSS is a voluntary association of young people in Colleges, Universities and at +2 level working for a campus-community.

Source: The Hindu

Previous Year Question                   

Q.1) With reference to India’s culture and tradition, what is `Kalaripayattu’? (2014)

  1. It is an ancient Bhakti cult of Shaivism still prevalent in some parts of South India
  2. It is an ancient style bronze and brass work still found in southern part of Coromandel area
  3. It is an ancient form of dance-drama and a living tradition in the northern part of Malabar
  4. It is an ancient martial art and a living tradition in some parts of South India

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