Kalarippayat is valuable as a performing art, a tool for self-defense, and to sharpen the body and mind.
What: Kalarippayat Foundations 2-Month Intensive Course, certified by CVN Kalari Sangham, Kerala
Who: Participants must be above the age of 15, and have some experience with dance, yoga, sport, or martial arts.
When: January 17, 2017 - March 12, 2017 (apply by December 20!), Tuesday-Sunday, 6am-8am
Kalarippayat is a ritualistic movement and martial arts practice that originated in the Malabar region of Kerala. Kalarippayat training is divided into three parts: Meithari (body preparative exercises), Kolthari (training in wooden weapons), and Ankathari (training in combat weapons). During medieval times, young boys and girls were introduced to the physical and self-disciplining practices of Kalarippayat at the age of nine. The most proficient and dedicated students were eventually chosen to become warriors. Although the techniques of Kalarippayat were at one time used on the battlefield, Kalarippayat has no role in battle today.
In this 2-month intensive, Raam Kumar will introduce students to the traditional practice of Kalarippayat, while maintaining a modern and forward outlook. The course will deal with the different approaches to understanding the body and creating self-awareness to find the right balance between the body and mind. Participants in the course will work on balance, alignment, agility, endurance, and focus.
Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a foundation certificate from the pioneering Kalarippayat institution, CVN Kalari Sangham in Trivandrum, Kerala. They will also have the option to visit the CVN Kalari Sangham and train for one week as an extension of the course at Shoonya. Participants would be responsible only for travel and accommodation.
Application (due December 20): https://goo.gl/forms/IhynxtDHavjO5Qao1
Some experience in dance, sport, yoga, or martial arts and a good level of fitness is recommended. Open to beginners!
25 students only
January 17, 2017 – March 12, 2017
Tuesdays – Saturdays (6am–8am): Kalarippayat
Sundays (6am–8am): Yoga and lecture
Rs. 24,000 (no drop ins)
Week 1 – distinguished guest teacher, Sathyan Gurukul (Kalarippayat)
Weeks 2–8 – Raam Kumar (Kalarippayat)
Weeks 1–8 – (Yoga – Ramya/Lecture – Tony)
Raam Kumar is a Kalarippayat artist and contemporary dancer from Kerala. He follows the lineage of his great grandfather, Veera Sree C.V. Narayanan Nair and his grandfather, Sri C.V. Govindan Kutty Nair. He studied Kalarippayat for over 22 years under the CVN Kalari tradition and worked as faculty at CVN Kalari and has also taught at the Diploma program at Attakkalari for 3 years. He worked with Attakkalari in their main company as a contemporary dancer and has been a part of many of their productions in the past years. He has helped choreograph the stunt sequences for several Malayalam films and has trained actors in their physicality for films. He has also worked on Jackie Chan's movie “The Myth”. He has worked with Asia Cultural Council, NY to create awareness of the arts and has performed in Myanmar, Netherlands and Barcelona in past years. Raam is an extraordinary mover with expertise in teaching and working in the Contemporary arts field.
Cvn Kerala Kalari Sangham
CVN Kalari Sangham was established by Sri C.V. Govindan Kutty Nair Gurukkal, following the lineage of Sri C.V. Narayanan Nair Gurukkal in the year 1956, coinciding with the formation of the state of Kerala. This pioneering institution was the first school to offer northern style Kalarippayat training in the southern part of Kerala. Over the past six decades, it has guided the evolution of traditional Kalarippayat, and pioneered many schools of thought and practices. CVN Kalari Sangham trains local and international students in a year-round programme. The centre also organizes performances and workshops in India and internationally. CVN Kalari Sangham also runs a traditional “Kalarichikitsa” clinic that specializes in Ayurvedic and orthopaedic treatment. For more information, visit: http://cvnkalari.in/.
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