Introduction to Kalaripayattu
Lotus Music and Dance
with Pradhuman Nayak
Saturdays, July 28th to August 18th
4 sessions prepaid: 60; 5 per session
Kalaripayattu is a martial art form from Kerala, India. Considered by some to be the “mother of all martial arts,” this ancient practice contains the roots from which sprang other forms, such as T'ai Chi, Kung Fu, etc. Crafted in ancient South India, Kalaripayattu draws inspiration from the raw power and sinuous strength of animal forms and movements. This workshop will introduce the basics of the art form, in preparation for a series of regular classes to be taught by Pradhuman at Lotus and at Anamika Navatman, also in NYC. This rigorous strength-building practice focuses on increasing the flexibility and stamina essential for dancers, actors, and others whose work is centered in the body.