Kalarippayat with Raam
  • Kottayam, India
  • 14 hours over 7 days

Kalarippayat with Raam

Learn Kalarippayat, the ‘Mother Of All Martial Arts’, that has lately emerged as a source of inspiration for mind and body fitness, theater and contemporary dance forms. It draws inspiration from the raw power, swift movements and sinuous strength of majestic animals – the lion, horse, elephant, wild boar, snake, rooster, cat and fish.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $800
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $375


One Guest
USD $425
Additional guest(s)
USD $340

Meet the Artist

Raam is a kalarippayat performer, instructor, contemporary dancer, choreographer and theater artist. He has been practicing Kalarippayat, a 3000 year old traditional martial art form of Kerala, from the age of 5 as he follows a lineage of Kalarippayat artists. His great grandfather, C.V. Narayanan Nair, re-discovered Kalarippayat to its present form and pioneered the first traditional school in 1956 offering training in northern style Kalarippayat. Trained under his grandfather and uncle, Raam has been performing worldwide, teaching and practicing since 2006. Along the way he has exposed himself to other dance and movement forms like bharatnatyam, ballet, capoeira, modern dance techniques, contact improvisation, floorwork techniques, release technique etc.

With his own training and learnings, he has created a specific pattern to work with student's alignment to find the right balance between strength and flexibility to achieve what is termed as an ideal/neutral body. Kalarippayat as a form is considered to be difficult and physically exhausting but he believes that the right idea about the form is to find softness and fluidity with our body. He hopes to make a change in how Kalarippayat is viewed.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Daily knowledge about how the art form works, and it's principles of mind and body.
  • Based on skill level, daily training includes warm-ups, dynamic movements, leg swings, animal postures and sun salutation.
  • Exercises target specific areas while synchronously cultivating balance between breath and body, flexibility, range of motion, core integration and focus.
  • Kalarippayat Art is so vast and expansive it could take lifetimes to learn it all. The practice builds upon its self and keeps getting better and better as you do the same.
  • Visit temples to see the sculptures, a beach for practice, or waterfalls nearby.
  • Meditation and Kalari Uzhichil (Massage)

Stay at Raam's

Stay in an Ayurvedic institution that is run by Raam's school, surrounded by peaceful greenery. Choose between a single or double room. Guests must be able to go up and down the stairs to reach the rooms.

Explore Kottayam

Raam's school is located in Karukachal, a small town closer to Kottayam, near the southern tip of India in the state of Kerala, where Kalari originated. Kottayam boasts scenic beauty from the enchanting hill stations of Vagamon and Ilaveezha poonchira, to rivers and canals emptying into the great Vembanad Lake, and different wildlife at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Not to mention the fascinating ancient history of temples and palaces, such as the Mannarasala Snake Temple, the Poonjar Palace, and the Thazhathangadi Juma Masjid — one of the oldest mosques in India.

Additional Details

It's best to visit between August and February when you can avoid the hot and humid summer.

This VAWAA is available for a longer duration, up to 90 days. It can also be taught in
Thiruvananthapuram, India. Please ask when you send your booking request.

While guests of any level or experience are welcome, physical practice like dance or yoga will be an advantage to get the most out of your studio session.

Can be adapted for kids, but is not suited for elderly or people with special needs.

Raam speaks English, Malayalam, Hindi, and Tamil.
Raam's Availability 7 days