Journal article / Cultural Resource Management in Kalaripayattu

A. Vinodan and S. Meera. 2018. “Exploring the Relevance of Cultural Resource Management: A Case Study of Kalaripayattu“, Journal of Heritage Management, 3 (1): 71-86.

Abstract: Kalari is the Malayalam (language spoken in Kerala) word for a special kind of gymnasium, where the martial art known as Kalaripayattu is practised based on the idea of a sound mind in the sound body.

It is one of the most ancient and comprehensive art forms of India, rather the world, because it has an excellent system of physical training, effective self-defence techniques, both armed and unarmed, and training for excellent flexibility for physical and mental strength and is based on the Dravidian culture of India. Kalaripayattu is considered as the basis for all martial arts. This martial art has been practised on the basis of a scientific system of medicine called Kalarichikilsa (Kalari-related treatment).

This article investigates the potential of cultural heritage resources from a supply and demand perspective, as cultural resource management is the need of the hour to preserve and commercialise cultural and heritage resources.

The study reveals that cultural heritage resources like Kalaripayattu could become a unique selling proposition of Indian tourism market, provided these resources are protected, preserved, and encouraged through effective promotion strategies in various target markets.

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