Kalarippayat: rediscovering India's lost martial art, meditational and medicinal tradition

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29 July 2015 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Prest Theatre, G06, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street Carlton VIC 3053.

As part of the “Health, Culture and Spirituality Series”, The Australia India Institute is pleased to invite you to a seminar on Kalarippayat (Kalari) – Southern India’s ancient martial, meditational and healing tradition, which evolved alongside Yoga and Ayurveda.

Kalari is little known compared to Yoga because of its suppression during British occupation. Yet, the system is reemerging and is now being practiced around the world by martial artists, yoga practitioners, actors, dancers and people seeking to increase their physical strength, mental balance and connect the microcosm of their individual self to the macrocosm that surrounds them.

“It is difficult to explain what Kalaripayattu is, you have to experience it instead.” - Ranjan Mullaratt.

Dr.Ranjit Rao, surgeon and convener of the series, will lead a lively discussion with a panel of experts. They will discuss:

  • How Kalarippayat differs from other forms of yoga, sport and physical training
  • The relevance of the Kalari pedagogy for the modern world
  • ‘Embodied knowledge’ and how the Kalari framework is helping us rediscover the full potential of the human body
  • Issues related to re interpreting ancient knowledge for today
  • How modern technology is allowing an academic community of embodied knowledge researchers to emerge, and what this might offer for further investigations into Kalarippayat

The panel discussion will begin with a Kalarippayat demonstration and end with a practical session.

About the Panelist:

Dr Ranjit Rao is a Urological surgeon who is also trained in Yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. He has long promoted the principles of integrative medicine where complementary therapies are used alongside conventional mainstream treatments. In doing so, the patient receives the best of ancient and modern care. He has been a practitioner of yoga and meditation for more than 20 years and encourages his patients to explore these modalities to manage their own urological problems. He is author of a new book "Meditation & Martini" which promotes leading a life of balance.



Alana Gregory from Kalari Australia, began her studies in Yoga, Ayurveda, mindfulness and martial arts 20 years ago in her hometown of Adelaide, Australia. While teaching Yoga in North America, Alana came across Kalarippayat. For the last five years, Alana has been studying the practice in India, returning regularly to Canada and Australia to teach and share the tradition in the West. Having personally experienced a total transformation of her mind and body due to Kalari, Alana is passionate about sharing the practice with others. She is co-director of Soul Strong Society - a holistic wellbeing initiative which promotes and shares arts, mindfulness and holistic movement as tools for wellbeing.


Ramona Yagnik is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy at the Endeavour College of Natural Health in Melbourne, but began studying Kalari Healing and Martial Arts in 2009.  Since then she has made several trips to India to study and train with her teacher and Guru, Sat Guru Hanuman Das, the founder of the Kalariyil Dharmikam Ashram in Kerala. She is currently practicing and teaching key Kalaripayattu exercises, forms, open combat sequences and staff weapon forms. Developing focus in the mind and body, while building a strong foundation through warm ups and basic practices are integral to her training. Originally from India, Ramona has lived and studied in various countries such as Brazil, Singapore, India and Japan. Ramona is passionate about health and well-being, and employs Kalari in her personal life. She endeavours to help her clients and students gain equilibrium and harmony in their lives.

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