Meet 74-Year-Old ‘Samurai Amma’, The Oldest Practitioner Of Indian Martial Art Form Kalaripayattu

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1:36 pm 18 Oct, 2016

Meenakshi Raghavan Gurukkal is 74 years old and is the oldest female practitioner of the ancient Indian martial art form Kalaripayattu.

Her moves, expressions, and the way she sways the sword holding a shield in her other hand in a sari is indeed amazing.




Kalaripayattu originated in Kerala and Meenakshi was first introduced to it by her father at the age of seven.

With age, however, she has only gotten deadlier and is respectfully addressed as “Meenakshi Amma” by her disciples.




She still believes that there is a lot to learn. For the last 67 years, Meenakshi has devoted herself to this martial art form and today 150 students learn under her watchful eyes at her school Kadathanadan Kalari Sangam in her locality in Vatakara in Kerala.




It was to increase her flexibility in dance that Meenakshi took up this martial art form under the guidance of her guru V.P. Raghavan Gurukkal.

At the age of 17 she married her guru, but it wasn’t a love marriage. In 2009, the unfortunate demise of her husband made her take up his place and since then she has become the teacher of the school.




Meenakshi is really optimistic about the future of this art in India. Take a look at her incredible moves in this video:


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