A twenty-first century take on the ancient concept of KuzhiKalari in Kerala, the Chandra Mandapa is located on the coast of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Kalaripayattu traces its origin to Kerala and has been recognised as the most ancient form of martial arts. To take advantage of proximity to the seaside and to compensate for the absence of air conditioning, the raised roof and the sunken floor level aids in maintaining natural coolness which is vital to all performers. Made of timber, stones and tiles and with provision for greater airflow through the structure, this kalari adheres to the concept of ‘green’ and sustainable.

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