Kalarigram is a traditional Kalaripayattu training center located just off the Tindivanam-Pondicherry (Tamilnadu, India) Highway, in close proximity to Auroville Township. Established in 2010, this center has been training students in Kalaripayattu - one of the world’s most ancient martial art forms, Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda. Shri Ramesan Lakshmanan, the Gurukkal of this Kalari, hails from a traditional Kalaripayattu family (Hindustan Kalari Sangam, estd. 1950) based out of Calicut (Kerala, India).
Lakshman Gurukkal, has made it his life-mission to revive and restore this ancient art form; and rediscover the wisdom that made Kalairpayattu the bedrock of the very culture and tradition of Kerala’s classical dance forms like Kathakali and Mohiniyattam and folk arts like Koodiyatham, Theyyam and Velakali, to name a few. It also incorporated very sophisticated treatment systems that were based on the ancient principles of Ayurveda and Siddha and allowed warriors to recover from injuries. The philosophy of the practice also included spiritual and tantric practices.
The Kalarigram Amphitheater intends to provide the required space for inviting people from all over the world to create awareness of this ancient philosophy and tradition. It will serve as the core infrastructure that will underpin all initiatives to popularize Kalaripayattu by providing the right platform to showcase the multi-layered complexity and nuances of this art form. Located in close proximity to the Auroville Township, it will serve as the perfect portal for performers and artists from all over the world to engage with this tradition, exchange ideas and philosophy, and serve as a platform for research and experimentation. Our intention is that this place serves as a hub that will trigger the revival and rediscovery of Kalaripayattu.
You may contribute to a specific item, or towards the general corpus for the creation of this infrastructure. Please feel free to use the comments section in case you have specific queries regarding this project.
The estimation for our project is listed below:
Core Space-The Angkathattu and Angkakalari with a low wall to allow seating of about 100 people- Rs. 150,000/-
Lighting-Lighting equipment to provide the required ambiance for different kind of performances, including dance and drama -Rs. 500,000/-
Audio-Audio equipment for Theater and Music performances- Rs. 150,000/-
We thank you in anticipation of your support for this cause.