It is one thing to experience the remnants of a dying art form. Yet another to hear a warrior-artist present a view of his practice.
In the days of yore, Kalarippayattu was practised to protect the king and the land; now, it is practised to protect the art; protect itself.
~ Unni, Kalarippayattu Warrior, Kerala Kalari Centre, (Sargakshethra School of Dance), Thekkady, KL, India
Of all the (mostly green) things that we could have osmosed in Kerala, this was a welcome sight of colour beyond the shades of green. And for someone who cannot help but be fascinated by the philosophy of swords, guns and the sword-bearer, this was a walk for a kid through a chocolate factory on an eat-as-much-as-you-can day!