Kalaripayattu Kendram

Kalari Kendram is dedicated to teaching Kalaripayattu, an ancient martial arts form from Kerala, southern India, which stands at the foundation of all martial arts traditions. To introduce this age-old legacy to a wider audience, Kalari Kendram with a Kalaripayattu temple was established in 2008 in the National Capital Region (NCR) Delhi with the aim to impart training while keeping the founding principles of this tradition at its core.

Recognised by the Indian Council for Culture Relations (ICCR), at Kalari Kendram we believe Kalaripayattu is not only about training the body but also the mind, it is not only a martial arts practice but also about inculcating a disciplined state of mind and, is therefore a way of life.

Apart from the traditional martial arts training of Kalaripayattu, Kalari Kendram also offers Kalaripayattu-based action choreography, customised classes for dancers, Yoga experts and athletes who want to explore the diverse dimensions of this martial arts form vis-à-vis their own practice.

Over these years Kalari Kendram has also made a distinct mark in the field of performing arts by applying the fluid movement based principles of Kalaripayattu. With several stage shows around the world, we have also successfully represented at the 2016 World Martial Arts Festival held in Purwakarta, Indonesia.


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Stages of Kalaripayattu

Kalaripayattu is a south Indian martial art
form, which originated in the present day state of Kerala.


Popularly known as Meippayattu, Meithari is the first stage of the practice of Kalaripayattu. It sets the foundation for the entire training, and exercises here include postures, jumps and leaps, circular sequences, kicks, leg swings and various other movement forms. Read More


The second phase of training is Kolthari, which means training with wooden weapons. Wooden weapons are introduced only after successful completion of body preparation training during the first stage. The word kolthari means to practice with kol or stick. Read More


Angathari is the third stage in Kalaripayattu training and is given to students who have demonstrated control and mastery over mind and body with Meithari and Kolthari. Angathari is the use of sharp and lethal metal weapons such as the spear, bow, dagger as well as the mace. Read More


Verumkai is the last stage of Kalaripayattu training. Here, the student is required to fight armed, unarmed or multiple opponents without using weapons. In this stage, bare hand techniques such as grips, kicks, strikes, blocks, attacks, throws, etc. are all taught as part of the course. Read More

Kalari Massage Therapy

Based on the health benefits they provide, there are three prominent types of Kalaripayattu massage techniques

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Kalaripayattu Massage

Within Kalaripayattu is a branch of knowledge derived from the Ayurveda that consists of techniques to harmonise the human body. Read More

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Kalari Foot Massage

Chavutti Thirumal or Kalari Foot massage is developed by practitioners of Kalaripayattu and is approximately two thousand years old. Read More

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Kalaripayttu Treatments

Within Kalaripayattu is a branch of knowledge derived from the Ayurveda that consists of techniques to harmonise the human body. Read More

Kalaripayattu Stage Show

Kalaripayattu is a traditional Indian martial arts form that combines elements of fight and weaponry. The use of natural, flowing body movements along with specific stances, kicks and sequences is used to combat opponents. Our team, which consists of dedicated artists, offers "Martial art show" Kalaripayattu-based performances that combine elements of bare hand combat and weaponry for entertainment purpose, which makes for a scintillating viewing.

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Kalaripayattu Choreography Action Choreography for Television and Films

Under the expert guidance of Gurukkal Shinto Mathew, Kalari Kendram offers authentic Kalaripayattu choreography training and consultation for television and cinema. With over fifteen years of expertise, Gurukkal Shinto Mathew comes with deep understanding and knowledge of Kalaripayattu in particular as well as combat sciences in general. Being a dedicated practitioner himself, his expertise lies in using accurate principles of Kalaripayattu to design and construct fight sequences. Because films and television today have a much wider. Read More