Kalaripayat: India's Traditional
Martial Art System

CVN Kalari

[October 9, 2009]


Kalaripayat is a Dravidian martial art from Kerala in south India. Possibly one of the oldest fighting systems in existence, it is practiced in Kerala and contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as well as northeastern Sri Lanka and among the Malayalee community of Malaysia.

Internationally-known CVN Kalari, from Trivandram, Kerala State, led by their Gurukkal – G. Sathyanarayanan, will demonstrate India's martial art system of Kalaripayat, its various forms and techniques of metal weapons, wooden weapons and unarmed combat techniques. The group will also discuss about unique portions of Ayurveda, India’s system of traditional medicine that was born in and grew out of Kalaripayat. In particular, treating injuries to the skeletal, muscular and circulatory systems.

Co-Sponsor: Asian Arts and Cultural Council in New York




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