Kalaripayattu

  • Kalaripayattu is a Martial art which originated as a style in Kerala during 3rd 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 system in existence.
  • It is now practiced in Kerala, in contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu.
  • Kalaripayattu techniques include a combination of steps (Chuvatu) and postures (Vadivu). Chuvatu literally means ‘steps’, the basic steps of the martial arts. Vadivu literally means ‘postures’ or stances are the basic characteristics of Kalaripayattu training. Named after animals, they are usually eight in number.
  • It has been included in Khelo India Youth Games 2021.

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