CRA’P Workshops 2018

The Centre Kalarigram of Auroville, India, visits for first time Europe, and we have the pleasure to host it at CRA’P by organising a week of activities based on Kalaripayattu, a millenary tradition of knowledge and practices about martial arts, health and spirituality.

Between the 11 and 16 June, with the collaboration of La Caldera (Barcelona), we will venture into this ancestral tradition and its legacy guided by Lakshman Gurukkal, one of the most renowned masters today and his young talented attendant Akshay T S.


11 – 15 June
9h – 11h at CRA’P (Mollet del Vallès)
18:30 – 20:30 at La Caldera (Barcelona)

The Kalaripayattu of Kerala is one of the most ancient martial art forms in the world. Through it’s very scientific physical discipline, it opens up the practitioner energy channels and pushes the boundaries of the body to become strong, flexible and focused – physically, mentally and spiritually; the reason why theatre and dance artists practice it as a daily discipline.

As an ancient martial art form, Kalaripayattu draws on the vocabulary of nature and its movements. Its techniques are a combination of steps (chuvadu) and postures (vadivu). The postures are named after animals, and inspired by observation of their stances.

Kalaripayattu remains closely connected to yoga, dance and performing arts.

This workshop will take participants through the basics of Kalaripayattu, and is open to beginners as well as those who are familiar with the practice.






Conducted by Lakshman Gurukkal and Akshay T S

80€ (65€ collaborators of CRA’P, members and residents of La Caldera, graduated students from the Theatre Institute, members of the APdC and the AADPC.)

Registration: / 666 763 504

Lakshman Gurukkal is one of the few rare and revered Gurus of Kalaripayattu, Ayurveda and Tantra. Following the tradition of family lineage, he had started learning Kalaripayattu at the tender age of 5 under the tutelage of his father Guru Veerasree Sami Gurukkal. In this growing years, he also learnt from his father the art and science of Ayurveda. He has been awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, with the title of Senior Fellowship (in Kalaripayattu and Natyashastra). He has a post graduate degree in Advaita Vedanta from Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, a Deemed University under the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi. He worked as a Lecturer in Martial Art at the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala. He is the director of Hindustan Kalari Sangam, the family centre in Calicut, Kerala. In 2010, he founded Kalarigram in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, an international Kalari treatment and research centre to empower future generations with a foundation of focus and clarity into ancient wisdom and its tools, to build a response-able human being.

Akshay T S trains and learns Kalaripayattu and Ayurveda with Lakshman Gurukkal, Shatrughnan Gurukkal and Radhika Gurukkal at the Hindustan Kalari Sangam centre, Calicut, Kerala, and is a high-level practitioner who has participated in numerous presentations, demonstrations and contests in India.

The Kalarigram centre is based in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India. It is structured as a holistic Kalari gurukulam, and was founded by Lakshman Gurukkal in 2010. It trains artists from all over the world. Kalarigram’s visit aims at imparting traditional Indian wisdom of body-mind training, performing arts and spiritual practice.

You can become a partner of CRA’P from 5 € a month and enjoy discounts on all activities.
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