An in-depth Analysis of Tharis progression in Northern Kalarippayattu: A south Indian martial art
AUTHOR(S): Dr. Maneesh VM
Kalarippayattu is considered the most ancient and surviving martial art form originating in the southern part of India. At present, it is widely practiced in the state of Kerala and has deep-rooted links and history with Kerala's culture and folk forms. In ancient times, Kalarippayattu served as a martial art form with the ultimate goal of protecting and serving society. Kalari masters also served the society as traditional doctors called Vydyaas. In this study, the researcher aims to analyze the progression of an individual in the northern Kalarippayattu practices within its particular division called Tharis.