Kalaripayattu


The name kalarippayattu is derived from the two words Kalari meaning the training space and payattu meaning the process of repetitive training. Kalaries are traditional training spaces where the art of kalarippayattu is practiced. Kalaries has been interwoven with the social and cultural life of Kerala from time immemorial. During the medieval period, every village in northern kerala known as the Malabar region used to have at least one Kalari where young boys and girls from the age of 7 years are introduced to physical culture and self-disciplining of Kalarippayattu. The ritualistic and spiritual atmosphere of training formed part of a daily routine of education of the young and the proficient ones from among the students eventually chose to become warriors.