Kalari Kerala

Since 1945

KALARIPAYATTU ON THE SCREENS AND THE STAGE

Kalaripayattu is a Martial art of Kerala that is famous all over the world which has a tradition of thousand years.  Kalari Payattu was the fighting arm of Kerala.  People practiced this art for self defense.  It is a body building exercise which gives strength and accuracy in all your actions. The exercise and its many trading methods were closely kept as a secret of the Kalari masters and were confined to the dark corners of the Kalari.

CVN Kalari Nadakav and Guru Narayanan Gurukkal brought this art to the world focus. He started using every opportunity to publicize this art form and through films, in 1950.  Kalari payattu performed by Thacholy Othenan, which was portrayed by late Mr. Satyan(veteran actor) proved to be a memorable one.  

Kalari payattu’s popularity reached Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh and then Mumbai.  Bollywood brought this art popular all over the world and then to Hollywood.

Sri. Narayanan Gurukkal and his sons Anil, Sunil and Gopan did the action choreography and dance choreography for various films. CVN Kalari team has worked in more than hundred movies.

Malayalam Movies:

 

 In the following films Kalari Payattu was used in full focus.

  •     ‘Vadakkan Veera Gatha’ 'Elavangodu Desam' & ‘Pazhassi Raja’ with Mammootty in lead role
  •     ‘Guru’ & 'Thacholi Vargheese Chekavar' staring Mohan Lal

 
Bollywood Movies:

 

The following movies entirely thrilled the Bollywood with its striking Kalaripayattu movements.

  •     ‘Asoka’ and ‘Dilse’ staring Sharukh Khan
  •     ‘Lajja’ staring Ajay Devagan
  •     ‘Ravan’ starring Abhishek Bachen and Vikram


 Kannada Movies:

 

  •  ‘Shakuni’, ‘Ekanki’ and many other movies were choreographed with many wonderful Kalari payattu movements.


Hollywood Movies:

 

  •  ‘The Myth’ staring Jacky Chan with intense sequences of action and violence attracted the world audience with its stunning and extra ordinary stunt choreography.


Leading Opera houses in Europe has used Kalari Payattu on the stage.  CVN artists and Gurus presented Kalari actions on the stage all over Europe, Middle East, Japan & China.  A CVN group conducts a 6 months trip every year to various places to perform the art.

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