Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Kalaripayattu

Kalaripayattu, the martial art form of Kerala is regarded as the oldest and most scientific of its kind in the world. Kalaripayattu training aims at the vital co-ordination of the mind and body. The training in Kalari begins with an oil massage of the body which goes on until the body is agile and supple. Feats like chaattom (jumping), ottam (running), marichil (somersault) etc. are then taught, followed by the lessons in the use of weapons such as daggers, swords, spears, maces, the bow and arrow and so on. 


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