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KERALA TO OPEN AN ACADEMY FOR THE TRAINING OF ‘KALARIPPAYATTU’

KERALA TO OPEN AN ACADEMY FOR THE TRAINING OF ‘KALARIPPAYATTU’

Context

The state government of Kerala is opening an academy of 3,500 sq ft for the training of ‘Kalaripayattu’ in Thiruvananthapuram.

Details

  • The aim of the initiative is to popularise ‘Kalaripayattu’
  • The academy will be established in Kerala Tourism’s Vellar Crafts Village en route to Kovalam.
  • The government is also thinking of linking the academy with the Dance Training College.

Kalaripayattu

  • Kalaripayattu is a Martial art which originated as a style in Kerala during 3nd century BC to the 2nd century AD.
  • The word kalari first appears in Sangam literature to describe both a battlefield and combat arena.
  • It is also considered to be one of the oldest fighting systems in existence.
  • It is now practised in Kerala, in contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu.
  • Kalaripayattu techniques include a combination of steps (Chuvatu) and postures (Vadivu).

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