When: From 10 August to 4 September 2020 (1st Batch)
Days: Monday to Friday (5 days a week, Saturday and Sunday no class)
Time: 7.00 - 8.00 AM IST
Facilitator: Akshay Shekhar (Specially Trained by Shri Lakshmanan Gurukkal, Kalarigram, Auroville)
Number of Sessions in a Month: 20 (Twenty)
Contribution: 3000 INR Per Participant
Kalaripayattu is one of the oldest surviving martial art forms of India. Having originated in Kerala, it is now becoming popular all over the world, especially for its ability to integrate physical technique, energy flow, and concentration.
In these COVID times, when so much emphasis is placed on building immunity, Kalaripayattu is an excellent physical exercise, avers Shri Lakshmanan Gurukkal of Kalarigram. The different poses (vadivugal) which imitate animal movements make the body flexible, agile and enhance body balance. The first level of meipayattu (physical training) consists of a sequence of steps, jumps and turns. As a student progresses with the learning it increases his flexibility and stamina, and the body also becomes lighter and more agile.
Phillip Zarrilli used the term “When the body becomes all eyes” to describe the essence of Kalaripayattu – bringing awareness to your entire being. The integration of concentration, energy flow and physical technique is an unique attribute of Kalaripayattu, that makes it one of the most sought after training forms for actors and performers. The complex sequence of steps reinforce the coordination of body and mind, and ensures that mind does not wander.