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Get fit with Kalaripayattu

What: A week-long workshop on Kalaripayattu (Kalari in short), the traditional martial arts from Kerala. The workshop, conducted by Vipin Kazhipurath, will cover its basics, and is designed to help performers enhance their body language and expressions as well as offer a complete mind and body workout. “We will cover functional training, locomotion workouts, basic body movements and body postures of the martial art,” says Kazhipurath. He adds that Kalaripayattu is a perfect training medium for performers looking to enhance their body language and expressions.

Kalari expert Vipin Kazhipurath’s workshop will teach the traditional martial art of Kerala as a way to improve body language
Kalari expert Vipin Kazhipurath’s workshop will teach the traditional martial art of Kerala as a way to improve body language flexibillity and improve mental strength

How: “People know of Kalaripayattu only for its sword techniques, but there is more to it. It’s one of the only martial arts that focusses on bhaav (expression) of the body through movements. It synchronises physical and mental energy, ultimately producing a body that is spontaneous, yet full of aesthetic expression.

flexibillity and improve mental strength

All of which makes Kalaripayattu the perfect training medium for a performer,” says Kazhipurath. For centuries, Kalari has been practised and mastered in Kerala as a martial art. “Kalari is a complete workout not just for the body but the mind as well. So, it helps improve the muscular and cardiovascular strength and flexibility, enhances posture and instills focus and self control among the participants,” adds Kazhipurath.

Kalari artistes
Kalari artistes showcase various movements of the martial art. Representative pic (Above and below)

There are eight movements in Kalari, and the workshop will try to cover the basics of as many of them as possible. The workshop will be conducted in three different batches, starting from July 12. Each session will last for one and half hours, and will include a warm-up session followed by training on Kalaripayattu.


Where 
From: July 12 to 18, 8.30 am to 10 am; 6.30 pm to 8 pm; 8 pm to 9.30 pm

At: Aamad, 22, Sangini House, Aram Nagar 1, JP Road, Versova, Andheri (W).
Call: 9930029265
Log on to: www.aamad.co
Fee: Rs 3,000

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