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    • Kalari units are getting back on track in Kerala after an interval of two and a half years.

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    • More than 10,000 Kalari units in the State stopped functioning abruptly after the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Kalari units: 
      • They impart Kalaripayattu.
      • The word “Kalari” means “battlefield
    •  Kalaripayattu: 
      • An ancient martial art form.
      • Originated in the country as a part of military training for warriors.
      • It is mentioned in the Vadakkan Pattukal, a collection of ballads written about the Chekavar of the Malabar region of Kerala. 
      • Still a living tradition in some parts of South India.
      • It contains rituals and philosophies inspired by Hinduism.
      • Kalaripayattu has complex movements and includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods.
    • Indian Kalaripayattu Federation (IKF)
      • Established in 1995 in Kerala
      • Aim: To promote Kalaripayattu
      • The Ministry and Youth Affairs And Sports, Govt. of India recognized IKF as a National Federation in 2015.

    Source: TH