Southern Kalaripayattu

Southern styles of kalaripayat emphasise empty hand techniques.[1] They are practiced mainly in old Travancore including the present Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu,[1] primarily by Nairs, Nadars, Ezhavas and a small section of Kallars and Maravars,[2] of erstwhile Travancore areas. The founder and patron saint is believed to be the rishi Agasthya.[1] Southern kalaripayat masters are known as asan.[1]
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