Coronavirus lockdown hits Kalari centres hard
Kottayam: With the lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak, centres which teach Kalari are continuing to remain closed hinting the decline of the popular ancient martial art.
Earlier, the Kalari centres were always active with students and masters. But the COVID-19 outbreak turned all the centres to remain locked from the last 3 months.
The masters, who opted Kalari as their career to promote the ancient martial art form, have been struggling to find a new livelihood. In Kottayam district, over 100 Kalari centres were operational before the lockdown.
The fees from the students were the only income for the masters at the centres. During the summer holidays, the students and masters received good income from stage performances of Kalari. But as lockdown turned villain, the Kalari practitioners are facing a tough time as the martial art form is on the verge of losing its glory.
With the monsoon, Kalari centres used to get customers for rejuvenation therapies like ‘Uzhichil’ , ‘Thirummu’ etc. Unfortunately, COVID-19 outbreak shattered all plans of these centres and practitioners.