The legacy of Kalaripayattu, oldest martial art in the world

With a legacy of more than 3,000 years, Kalaripayattu is considered one of most ancient forms of martial art in the world.

Originating from Kerala, Kalaripayattu has influenced several dance and theatre forms of the state. Modern martial art forms such as MMA and Jiu-jitsu have also been influenced by the ancient practice.

Kalaa Utsavam brought in The Kalari Academy to conduct a workshop for the first time in 2017, and the response was overwhelming to say the least.

Following last year’s fully-subscribed programme, Kalaripayattu Workshop is back to with a more hands-on taster of the Indian martial art from Kerala. Learn about the history of Kalaripayattu, and the different animal postures, movements and techniques. Sign up here.

Watch our interview with Vedagiri Govind, chief instructor at The Kalari Academy, on evolution of marital art over the years and how people from all cultures and ages are embracing Kalaripayattu.


Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.


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