Anand Mahindra stunned by Kerala kid’s Kalaripayattu moves
Alappuzha: ‘WARNING: Do NOT get in this young woman’s way! And Kalaripayattu needs to be given a significantly greater share of the limelight in our sporting priorities. This can—and will— catch the world’s attention’, tweeted Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra. He shared power packed Kalaripayattu (Kerala originated martial art) moves of a Kerala kid which was viral on social media. Curiously, like many in the social media, Anand mistook long-haired 10-year-old boy Kailasathil Neelakandan from Thathampally region of Alappuzha to be a girl. Later, he apologised for the mistake. Anyhow with that tweet Neelakandan became popular among pan-India level netizens.
WARNING: Do NOT get in this young woman’s way! And Kalaripayattu needs to be given a significantly greater share of the limelight in our sporting priorities. This can—and will— catch the world’s attention. pic.twitter.com/OJmJqxKhdN— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) August 26, 2021
Meanwhile, the boy has been popular since his name entered Arabian Book of World records for performing 422 back walkovers within 30 minutes. He is also a sub-junior level champion from the state of Kerala.
Neelakandan started practicing Kalaripayattu with Ekaveera Kalaripayattu Academy in Alappuzha four years back, due to the keen interest of his father Mahesh Kumar. The boy has completed Meythari (physical and mind training) and Kolthari (stick-based attack and defence) sessions and is now getting trained in Angathari (weapon-based) . According to Neelakandan’s mother Suchithra, who also gave moral support to him, Neelakandan has been inspired by his (guru) master Harikrishnan who entered the Guinness Book of World Records by performing 237 Urumi swing movements within 37 seconds.
Interestingly, Neelakandan is now maintaining long hair to portray his master’s childhood role in an upcoming movie. It was Harikrishnan who shared the practicing video of Neelakandan in Instagram, from where it went viral on social media.
Meanwhile, inspired by her brother’s performances, seven-year-old Vyshnavi, Neelakandan’s younger sister, has also started to practice Kalaripayattu.