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    After rigorous training in Kalaripayuttu, Asin wants to be the ambassador of the art form
    By Subhash K Jha
    Posted On Saturday, June 06, 2009 at 02:35:27 AM
    Asin's training in the martial arts Kalaripayuttu in Kerala has motivated the young actress to promote Kalaripayuttu, and become the chosen ambassador for the vocation. Her training has deeply influenced her and has helped her reconnect with her roots.

    Asin said, “Kerala is my home state. The minute I landed here I felt a deep sense of homecoming and tranquility. But I never knew a far deeper and more life-changing experience awaited for me in Kerala.”

    Learning Kalaripayuttu has completely transformed Asin's attitude to life, art, family and identity. On the surface level, she has learnt to be fully self-sufficient. “I'm here alone for the first time. Ever since my father has not been keeping well, I've been coping with being on my own. And now for the first time I'm away from my parents for so long. The whole discipline of Kalaripayuttu has become a new way of life for me. I've to wake up at 6.30 every morning to start working with various gurus here in Trivandrum. It's like going back to school. Only, my father doesn't reach me to the gate.”

    The movements are not easy to master. She says, “Fortunately, I'm a dancer and that helped me get the postures and movements right, although it's very painful. But I am coping.”

    The discipline is so rewarding that she has taken it upon herself to be the ambassador of the martial art. “We think of Kalaripayuttu as this ancient and obsolete art. But the truth is, it is widely learnt and practiced in Kerala by students of both sexes. I'm amazed at how popular the discipline is in Kerala, and even more astonished by how much it has changed my attitude to life and career.”

    She continues studying the art in Trivandrum until the end of next week when she takes a break to attend an international awards event. Then she continues learning Kalaripayuttu in Calicut. Asin explained, “There're different styles disciplines and levels of training required and I want to pursue all of them. Although I'm learning Kalaripayuttu for a film (The 19th Step in Tamil), I'll continue to pursue it after the film, and for the rest of my life.”

    With so many film assignments on hand wouldn't that be tough? “Oh there's plenty of time. I don't party and socialise. I'd rather do something that enriches my life,” said Asin.
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