AnilKumar Sukumara Pillai

AnilKumar S.

Los Angeles, CA

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Mixed Martial Arts

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Kalari ppyattu (Indian martial art) is one of the oldest martial arts in the world, said to be the mother of martial arts. It is from Kerala, South India and develops the body to be flexible and strong, capable of doing anything. Kalari has a strong training in physical, emotion and spiritual practice, self-defense, breathing, weapons and also physical therapy (body work). Anil Natyaveda started training in martial arts Kalari ppayattu when he was a little child in South India. He studied for thirty years and has been practicing bodywork for twenty years. He is one of leading exponents of Kalari ppayattu in the world. He has performed all over the world
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AnilKumar delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 7+

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Anil Natyaveda has received a degree from Sree Swathithirunal Govt College, India in 1994. In 2008 the Kerala State Guru Gopinath Trust, India, honored him with the Natyaratnam award and in 2012 Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute award for his contribution to Indian arts. Critics have hailed him as an important Martial artist and contemporary choreographer creating original works. He also co-choreographed a Greek play at the Brandeis University He was nominated for Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Choreography in 2013. He takes master classes for many univercities US.


Martial Art
Apr 2007 - Present

Guru Anil Natyaveda: is a Co-Director of Navarasa Dance Theater. He is a master Kalari
ppayattu practitioner, teacher and has been teaching around the world. Anil trained in Kalari
ppayattu with teachers in Northern Kerala style as well as the Southern Kerala style, under gurus
Chellappan Aasan, Govindan Kutti Gurukal, and Babu Raj Gurukal. Anil is among the very few
who has mastered both these styles.

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Martial art in Marma Kalari Gurugulam and NB in Dance Sree Swathithirunal Govt College, India in 1994.
Jun 1991 - May 1994
Sree Swathithirunal Govt College, India in 1994.


Malayalam, Tamile and English
Professional Proficiency


May 1995
Govt SST college and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute award

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Anil Natyaveda is teaching Kalari Ppayattu ( Indian Martial Art )
Anil Natyaveda

Martial art training in Bay Area with Anil Natyaveda
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2 Reviews

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Beth Feb 14, 2018
Mixed Martial Arts · In home

Anil is incredibly skilled with a deep knowledge on Kalaripayattu. I've studied with him for over 10 years and have always deeply enjoyed classes with him. He's careful to convey the form of the art and to make sure that students are working safely and in a way that is healthy for their bodies and expertise levels.

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Revathy Feb 13, 2018
Mixed Martial Arts · Online

Anil is an incredible teacher-he teaches with a passion, dedication and patience that is rare. He understands the body and mind in a wholistic way that is critical to the way he teaches students to gain mastery over their bodies and minds through the practise of martial arts. Though teaching far away from his native land of Kerala in South India, he teaches in the spirit of the long tradition that he has inherited from his own teachers while making it accessible to contemporary learners. Watching him perform is watching an unbelievable coupling of power and grace come together. Learning from him is a transformative experience.

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