Anand Mahindra Shares Clip Of A Child Performing Kalaripayattu. But Whose Video Is It?

I am not a girl, I am a 10 year old boy. I am growing my hair long for a role in a planned short movie on Kalaripayattu: The boy told Anand Mahindra.

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Anand Mahindra Kalaripayattu video: Industrialist Anand Mahindra recently shared a viral video featuring a 10-year-old practicing Kalaripayattu, but he ended up misidentifying the gender of the child. The industrialist shared an inspiring video of a 10-year-old performing a ‘Kalaripayattu’ routine on Friday and warned people: "Do NOT get in this young woman’s way!” He further added that this form can and will catch the world’s attention. The performer in the video, however, responded to Mahindra's post, and corrected his error, saying, "I am not a girl. I am a 10-year-old boy."

The 66-year-old businessman shared the video to motivate his fans and followers and to encourage such young talents in the country. According to India Today, the boy featured in the video is Neelakandan Nair. "He is a boy and his name is Neelakandan Nair from Kerala," a Twitter user also pointed out.

Mahindra seemed much impressed with a video of the child practicing Kalaripayattu and subsequently promoting the ancient Indian martial art form that originated in Kerala. The industrialist shared the clip for his followers on Twitter and said that the martial art form "needs to be given a significantly greater share of the limelight in our sporting priorities."

Here's how the boy featured in the video reacted:

In the video, the child can be seen training with a long bamboo stick. He moves his hands in a controlled manner. Social media users were quick to start sharing the video as they enjoy watching him perform the martial art movements. Nair is a student of the Ekaveera Kalaripayattu Academy in Kerala.

Since being shared, the video went viral with over two lakh views and has been liked by more than 24000 people. Thousands of Mahindra’s followers reacted to the video, appreciating the child’s talent and agreeing with Mahindra about promoting ancient martial art. Actor Vidyut Jamwal, who started learning Kalaripayattu at the age of three, wrote "amen" in response to Mahindra's tweet.  "Absolutely. Kalari should be promoted on a global level," seconded another Twitter user. "Amazed at this agility and strength," wrote another.

Feature Image Credit: Anand Mahindra/Twitter

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