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The right move:The academy in Thiruvananthapuram plansto initially train 100 students in two batches.  

Kalaripayattu, considered to be oldest surviving martial art of the country, with a legacy of more than 3,000 years, is set to see a surge in popularity with the establishment of an academy in the capital.

Lessons in one of the most famous combat styles in the world will now be taught to the new generation at the facility which will come up at Kerala Tourism’s Vellar Crafts Village en route to Kovalam.

The 3,500 sq ft academy in the village is scheduled to be completed in two months.

Classes will be conducted here by gurus led by Padmashri Meenakshiamma.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will release the syllabus of Kalaripayattu Academy on January 16 during the inauguration of the renovated Crafts Village.

100 students initially

The academy will have an intake of 100 students initially. The martial art educates a person on the importance of a lifestyle that is beneficial to one’s mind and body.

The training will be in two batches, from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Children and adults will be trained.

There are also plans to link the academy with the Dance Training College that is also part of the Crafts Village. Classes will be organised in such a way that training in Kalaripayattu will help those learning dance.

In the past, Kalaris (combat arena or battlefield) formed an integral part of people’s lives. With times, Kalaris’ influence too changed. Today, Kalaripayattu is staged during festivals and special occasions as a showpiece. People are more interested in Kalari treatment and Marmachikitsa. The academy is intended to impart training in the true spirit of the ancient martial art that is based on sound scientific principles.


Kalaripayattu is mentioned in the Vadakkan Pattu ballads about the Chekavars from Malabar. It is acknowledged and respected across the world and is used by Kerala Tourism for increasing footfall.

The martial art educates a person on the importance of a lifestyle that is beneficial to one’s mind and body

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