Kalaripayattu, one of the oldest fighting systems is a martial art from Kerala, India. It comprises a series of strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. Kalaripayattu is derived from the word Kalari meaning school or gymnasium and payattu meaning fight or exercise.
An Otta is a wooden stick of about 18 to 20 inches in length and resemble the shape of a spine. The rounded tip is used to strike the vital points of the opponent’s body.
98 Replies to “Kalaripayattu demonstration with Otta”
Gr8 play with light.. can you let me know the lenses and mode and light you use….
The lighting is incredible! It compliments the drama and strength of his pose wonderfully.
वाह मैंने अपनी केरल यात्रा के दोरान यह कला देखि थी बहुत सुंदर और जीवंत छायाचित्र बधाईयाँ
the trunk of an elephant – very true very knowledgeable. Thanks.
Lovely picture with incredible lighting,,, wow… wonderful pose of the man…
Beautiful photograph. and thanks for the info. :)
superb capture, and d lighting is perfect :)
I really like the light in this capture… Very beautiful ! Have a great sunday :)
Brilliant capture. The lighting is perfect.
Not only did you capture the intricate details but you did not forget to capture those sharp eyes!
i love the lighting such a strong appearanve it has
this image exudes so much energy and strength, the posture is perfect .. ofcox as everyone says lighting is also awesome :P
Well framed! And the light creates a pictorial effect. Congratulations Joshi!
A great shot! I love the lighting. This picture has so much action! Well done!!
Amazing photo =)
You caught the intensity nicely here and the light and shadows create such a mood.
You captured his eyes beautiful!
So striking yet the light is so soft.
gr8 framing and action … a little more light in his eyes cud have been better!
Powerful image, really like the mood you created with the light and tones. Excellent work!
I like this close shot. Very nice report
Splendid! Good use of lights again mate!
Lights are so well composed. Love this pic.
I especially like being able to see his eyes, Joshi. He takes his art seriously.
Very good capture , i love the lighting !
With all the shadows , eyes are still very expressives , lovely posture , great shot ; Phil
awseome-est of your clicks! kudos…:)
What a capture!!!
Love the light and treatment!
très belle lumière et excellent cadrage serré.
Intense look in his eyes and that dagger is crazy looking! I love the pose you captured and the shadows.
Is this a pic or a painting!? FANTASTIC!
I love the light and color here, wonderful.
In his own way, this really looks like a dangerous man.
superb lighting and great composition!
The look is very impressive and fits the pose, ….
Very beautiful light; love his pose as well
A beautiful actionin the saturated colors
Super Frame. I like the dark light, Bravo
Powerful and vibrant photo of a ferocious warrior, great shot!
Wow! So gripping. Shadows add to the intensity of the capture.
wonderful light and composition!!
jsut a pity the face is in the shadow, a other one ?
Amazing picture that, Dan.
The light and the pose create such a feel. Very good. Thanks for the information as well.
artistic pose…captured beautifuuly
The martial art is as sharp as his eyes. Well captured Joshi!
The magnificient light has given the image a 3-dimensional look. A perfect environmental portrait.
looks like a very strong man.
Great photo of an Indian art form.
Great capture! It’s like a scene of a movie :)
Dramatic! An awesome photograph.
love the shot….beautifully captured….
You do this for a living, I presume :) excellent!
Beautiful effect with shadows
Dear Daniel Joshi,
A Big Hello from Creativeland Pictures.
We have recently produced our first movie ‘Karmayogi’, releasing in August this year, it is a Malayalam movie based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Through Karmayogi, we have tried to bring together ancient rituals and art-forms of India on one creative platform. ‘Kalaripayattu’ is one of the art forms highlighted in the movie.
It gives us great pleasure to see that ‘Kalaripayattu’ as an art form has captured your interest as well The photography is indeed impressive.
Keep up the great work.
Fantastic image and I really appreciate the narrative. Great post Joshi!
da passion… da energy…to die for
Nice lighting !!!
but the feet :-(
perfect picture ! fabulous !
The lightning is perfect!
Superb photograph, I really love his eyes and the determination
he shows, the lighting is great here. I’s stay away from him in the
dark. Beautiful work.
very very impressive
Thats quite a capture. And im sure Raam would have loved it!!… Thats his best one so far!
awesome capture, the light is magic!
this looks intense! nicely captured!
no doubt its awesome but would have loved the focus on the art than the personification, ambiance, shades and cinematic eye. Anyway..like always its a class apart..am a great fan,
I can feel the power, great capture!
Una bonita captura con una luz espectacular. Felicidades.
Such strength and intensity. Love the light in this!
Beautiful… The orange hue makes the picture striking!
excellent metering and great timing
Light & Shade
nice pic !!
an ideal light
Beautiful warm light & great pose with full of energy.
wow…just stumbled upon your blog and i can keep writing comments on each of your post this is amazing work. For a photography enthusiast (Me!) this is like a dream space….
Excellent lighting and composition :)
It would be redundant, but this shot is Awesome!
This is a lovely shot, I’d love to see a demonstration too