Activities in Munnar : Kalarikshethra- The Temple of Kerala Tradition

I was thinking about a evening tea. It was  4.00 PM .What should i do today evening. I thought of watching the traditional Kalaripayattu techniques.

KALARIKSHETHRA – the temple of Kerala Tradition

Kalarikshethra , the temple of kerala tradition. experience the masters .. i would suggest to watch the 2 hours show of Kathakali and Kalaripayattu at Kalarikshethra at MunnarIMG-20160411-WA0009

Let me share about Kalaripayattu.
This was my favorite show of the evening. A one hour show of Kalarippayattu,  the mother of all martial arts, how much better can it get? They started off with a prayer and then things got into a rapid pace with fighters coming in with swords, fighting sticks and spears. They had different segments where they showed disarming techniques for knife attacks, combined weapons and group attacks. I was not prepared for the speed at which they jumped and whirled around in the Kalari thara.

Kalaripayattu is the traditional martial art form of kerala which originated sround 3000 years ago. It is the oldest known combat style and is known to be the mother of the martial arts. Being a quintessential part of ancient keralites healthy lifestyle, this martial art form perfectly embodies beauty, strength and agility. The whole course of kalaripayattu can be categorized under four sections:

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  1. Mey payattu ( Physical Training )
  2. Vadi Payattu ( Stick Combat)
  3. Aayudha Payattu ( Weapon Combat)
  4. Adi Thada ( Hand Combat)

Most of the martial art forms popular around the globe today, including Karatte, Kung-fu, Judo, has been derived from fourth category Adfi Thada. This can be credited to the ancient prince of Kanjeepura Bodhidharman, who trained the Shaolin priests of ancient China in this superior fighting form, Kalaripayattu has the ability to influence the practitioner spirituality.

Kalarikshethra – The Temple of Traditions

You can visit Kalarikshethra for the Evening Shows .

Show timings;
KATHAKALI: 5 pm to 6 Pm, Entrance fee: 200 INR
KALARIPPAYATTU: 6 pm to 7 Pm, Entrance fee: 200 INR

 

 

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