A recent video of a boy practicing the martial art of Kerala, Kalaripayttu, shared by industrialist Anand Mahindra on his Twitter account, delighted everyone. However, by sharing the viral video, Mahindra misidentified the boy in the video as a “young woman”. a significantly greater part of the limelight in our sporting priorities. It can – and will – grab the world’s attention. “
WARNING: do NOT get in the way of this young woman! And Kalaripayattu must have a much larger share of our sporting priorities. It can and will attract the attention of the world. pic.twitter.com/OJmJqxKhdN– anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) August 26, 2021
Seeing this, the boy named Neelakandan Nair, a student at Ekaveera Kalaripayattu Academy in Kerala, responded under his video tweet and corrected Anand Mahindra’s mistake by saying, “I am not a girl. I am a 10 year old boy. I’m growing my hair long for a role in a short film planned on Kalaripayattu.
Thank you very much for your support and encouragement sir! A small correction – I’m not a girl, I’m a 10 year old boy. I’m growing my hair long for a role in a short film planned on Kalaripayattu. – Prince of Kalaripayattu (@PrinceKalari) August 27, 2021
After receiving this message, Mahindra posted an apology saying, “A thousand apologies. Your skills are impressive anyway. And I stand by my warning that no one should get in your way…! I ask @thebetterindia to also edit her tweet which caught my eye. “
Here are some reactions to the video shared by Mahindra:
All women… All women should have this in the school curriculum… Maybe then cruel people will even learn not to think about hurting women… 👏🏻 Awesome skill…
– Raj Poladia (@poladiaraj) August 26, 2021
Hope we have gurus with the skills to pass it on to the next generation. We need these gurus to be recognized and supported. We don’t want another skill to be lost for lack of support. – dmishra2000🇮🇳 (@ dmishra2000) August 26, 2021
Absoutely. It is said that most of the Far Eastern martial arts took shape from the Kalari. I guess during Xuan Zang’s India tour. – Roy Paul (@ rvpQ8) August 27, 2021
All parents should teach all girls this and also add that sport in school work activities is very good for protecting yourself – Rohit (@ Rohit02728105) August 27, 2021
Kalaripayattu is an Indian martial which has a long history spanning over 3000 years. It is considered to be the only surviving martial art form in Kerala.
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