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With reference to India's culture and tradition, what is 'Kalaripayattu'?

(a) It is an ancient Bhakti cult of Shaivism still prevalent in some parts of South India
(b) It is an ancient style bronze and brass work still found in southern part of Coromandel area
(c) It is an ancient form of dance-drama and a living tradition in the northern part of Malabar
(d) It is an ancient martial art and a living tradition in some parts of South India



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Kalaripayattu is an ancient martial art form that originated in Kerala. It is considered one of the oldest martial arts in existence and is known for its unique combination of strikes, kicks, grappling, weaponry, and healing techniques. Kalaripayattu practitioners undergo rigorous training and develop agility, strength, and flexibility. It is not only a martial art but also a form of cultural expression and physical discipline. Kalaripayattu is still practiced and preserved in certain parts of South India, and it has gained recognition and popularity both within India and internationally.


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