Industrialist Anand Mahindra is pretty much impressed with a video of a boy practicing Kalaripayattu and shared the clip for his fans and followers on Twitter. However, in the caption of his post, Mahindra made a mistake as he misidentified the gender and thought that the child in the video is a girl; the industrialist said, “WARNING: Do NOT get in this young woman’s way!”
Nevertheless, social media users enjoyed watching the video and applauded the child, who is Neelakandan Nair, a student of the Ekaveera Kalaripayattu Academy in Kerala. In fact, Neelakandan also responded to Anand Mahindra’s post, and corrected his error, saying, “I am not a girl. I am a 10-year-old boy.”
An ancient martial art form, Kalaripayattu originated in modern-day Kerala. Also known as Kalari, Kalaripayattu was designed for the ancient battlefield with weapons that are unique to India, such as daggers, sticks and swords.
In the video, Neelakandan Nair practiced Kalaripayattu with effortless ease using a long stick. Speaking of the martial art form, Anand Mahindra said, “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.”