Kalaripayattu, martial art of Kerala, is one of the oldest existing martial arts in the world. It is an art of the stage, drama, music and action eulogizing the manhood and the spirit of victory. The disciples start learning the art of payattu (fight) at the age of seven in kalaries i.e. the gymnasium for martial exercises. Years of discipline and hard work are required to train the body, the mind and oneself. When the body and mind attain harmony with the inner eye it acquires a blessed serenity. The heroic ballads of Kerala are legendary sagas of the heroes of the payattu.
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