University of Exeter - College of Humanities - Department of Drama

Click here for more information about the Department of Drama at the University of Exeter. Phillip is convenor for the MA/MFA Theatre Practice programme at the University of Exeter.

Kalarippayattu is a system of martial practice belonging primarily to Kerala, India. Among practitioners of a variety of styles and lineages, the common elements in this martial system include preliminary techniques of exercise combined with seasonal full-body massage and daily application of medicinal oil to the entire body.

The word kalari refers specifically to the traditional roofed pits which served as a temple for worship, a gymnasium for martial exercise, and a clinic for treatments. This site offers a collection of academic papers, video clips, and an extensive bibliography related to kalarippayattu.



Professor Phillip B. Zarrilli is currently a Professor in the Department of Drama, School of Performance Arts, University of Exeter.


Kalarippayattu Bibliography
Kalarippayattu Video
Kalarippayattu Papers
Kalarippayattu Workshop

Phillip Zarrilli & Kalarippayattu
The West Wales Kalari/Studio