Martial Art "Kalarippayattu"
a martial training and a physical exercise
Kalaripayattu is one of the oldest living traditions of martial training and physical culture in the world. Kalaripayattu is not merely martial training; it is a way of life. Both physical and mental involvement is called for. Hence the importance given to the molding of personality and character of students. Training is based on an elaborate system of physical exercise. The practical experience of the body movements strengthens the knowledge of a disciple. The constant practice makes the body an eye and adds to agility and strength. The Kalari is also a temple of learning and religious worship, the anvil on which the character and moral attitude of the student are shaped.
as an art form in contemporary theatre and performing arts
Nowadays, body training has become an essential requirement for performing arts. As an art form, it demands rigorous training of the artist to develop a strong physical culture of the body with quick movements. "Kalaripayattu" is often relied on by theatre people as well as people who are engaged in stage performances. Every movement, whether it is foot work, hand gesture or eye work derives its meaning with reference to an imaginary circle which frames the extremities of the human body. The basic idea of a kinetical build-up in theatre, that we can learn from the "Kalari", is ‘Sarirabhava’ or the mind equal to ‘Angika (body acting)’ and ‘Satvika (mental acting)’.
Of the four elements of acting on the stage Vachika and Aharya have certain limitations while Angika wedded with Satvika makes communication easy, flexible and viable. Here again Angika is intelligible even to the layman. If training on Kalari-based Angikabhinaya is imparted to an actor, the communication on the stage for him becomes easy, spontaneous and natural.
Kalari Uzhichil (Ayurvedic Oil Massage)
Kalari Uzhichil (Ayurvedic Oil Massage) with hand and foot: Generally this relieves body tiredness, promotes blood circulation, relaxes muscles and revitalizes body systems. It is also useful in nervous fatigue and disorders, general body weakness and sleeplessness. By using a very unique technique and special oils the "marma", vital body points, are stimulated. This technique came to medicine from ancient martial art centers or Kalaries and its main aim is to tone up the musculoskeletal system and to set completely relaxed body with a positive frame of mind. Massage with foot is good for relaxation and reducing mental tension.