The Hyderabad Chapter of SPIC-MACAY is hosting the Andhra Pradesh State Convention 2008-09 at ICFAI Business School, Shankarpalli, on 3rd - 4th Jan '09. The convention will comprise of organizational discussions, talks, films, crafts, yoga, and classical and folk performances by some maestros. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (Vocal), Kalakrishna (Andhra Natyam), Krishna Das and group (Kalaripayattu) and Simhachala Shastry (Harikatha) will grace the event with their performances. On 3rd January, at 8:30pm, Krishna Das and Group will stage a performance of Kalaripayattu, for one hour.
Kalaripayattu a martial art that incorporates strikes, kicks, grappling, choreographed martial art sequences, and weaponry, as well as healing techniques, has its origins in Kerala, where it is still in existence.
In Sanskrit, the word Khaloorika denotes a place where weapon-training is practised, and it is believed that it was from this term that the word Kalari came into use in Malayalam, for similar institutions imparting training in martial arts. The system of physical training and weapon training imparted within the Kalari came to be called Kalaripayattu.
It was believed that the Nayakanmar were given the charge of Kalaris. These Nayakanmar gradually came to be called the Nayars, and in some regions, were given special titles, inlcuding Kurup, Nambiar and Panikar. The Nayar, who was in charge of a particular Kalari or group of Kalaris, for the training and upbrining of warriors, was called the Gurukkal of the Kalari or Kalaris. Kalaris were established in all the ancestral homes of the Nayars, to impart training in the methods of warfare.
Northern Kalarippayattu (practiced mainly in the northern Malabar region of Kozhikode and Kannur) places comparatively more emphasis on weapons than on empty hands. In southern styles of Kalarippayattu (practised mainly in old Travancore including the present Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu), fighting techniques emphasize empty hands and application from the very 1st lesson.
SPIC-MACAY or the Society For Promotion Of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth, founded in 1977, is a non-profit, voluntary, apolitical and participatory student movement dedicated to enriching education through the spread and appreciation of India's cultural heritage. SPIC-MACAY events are free and open to all.
Please contact Vikas Nagrare (Secretary, SPIC-MACAY - Hyderabad Chapter) at 94406-55273 for further details.