The Kalarippayattu combat specialists!
They accepted me as a warrior in their clan!
The caretaker of the home stay, Tony picked me up from the bus stop and drove me to the room, on the way it was really difficult for tony to drive because of the thick mist which blurred his vision. We couldn’t see anything ahead up to 10 meters. I enjoyed being covered in nature’s arm. There were several children waving at me and it really felt heartwarming and welcoming. As soon as I reached the room I had a hot water shower and took a power nap, woke up at 5.30 in the evening! Tony had a surprise waiting for me and asked me to get ready and he drove me to a small auditorium.The first thing I noticed was that the stage was not at the center but it also had a muddy ground suitable for Kabaddi. Kerala is famous for their dance art form Kathakali. This is a cliché but it is also the home of kalarippayattu. It is a martial art which originated as a combat technique in Kerala.
Kalari basically means battlefield or combat arena. The weapons used in this form of combat are spear, shield, machetes, tridents and swords of all types. The elite warriors of the Sangam period or dynasty dating back to 2nd century B.C are known for this combative techniques used in the warfare. It is still practiced in Kerala and many parts of the country. Well it really was breathtaking and a feast to the eyes. I could watch both the shows kathakali and kalarippayattu for just 400 rupees. The performing artists were humble and obliged for a few photographs. I felt privileged to have watched their irrefutable talent live. This also gave me Goosebumps since the weapons used in the show were real and super sharp. I thanked tony for this great experience. We drove and packed some food on our way back.