Studio Kalari is the first school in the Southern style of South Indian martial art, kalarippayattu in Poland.
The Studio was started in May 2010 by Justyna Rodzińska-Nair and Sankar Lal Sivasankaran Nair. Until July 2018 we acted under the auspices of the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, and currently we collaborate with the Society for Active Culture.
Within the framework of the Studio, we run regular trainings during the week, few-day away workshops (in Poland and abroad), annual summer schools, that combine training and relaxation in beautiful places, as well as winter practice in South India – the homeland of kalarippayattu.
Apart from classes for an open group of participants, we also conduct workshops profiled for specific groups, such as theatre or dance companies.
You can read more about our activities here.
And here you can listen (in Polish) to an interview which Piotr Kuszewara conducted with us for Radio Wroclaw as part of “Mission Wroclaw: what do guests from abroad do in our city?”.
Practice of kalari brings me happiness. When I do kalari, my whole body is full of life – even nails! Every class brings me more motivation to do more things. It is also interesting to observe how human body works.
Sankar is a teacher of kalarippayattu and a qualified Ayurvedic therapist. He comes from Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala, India), from a family for many generations associated with both kalari and ayurveda. His first teachers were grandfather and father.
He has practised the southern style of Kalarippayattu since 1990. His masters included Tirupuram C. Madhavan (Anjaneya Kalari Sangham), Jayachandran Nair (Kerala School of Martial Arts) and Thankappan Assan and Ajith Kumar (Maruthi Marma Chikils Kalari Sangham and Ayurveda), and now – Raja Gopalan Assan.
As for Ayurvedic treatments and massages, he learned them in his hometown in 1999-2008, including at the Institute for Ayurvedic Studies and Maruthi Marma Chikils Kalari Sangham and Ayurveda, and also directly from Ayurvedic doctors – P. S. Sharma and B. S. Jacoba from the Somatheeram Resort. He also worked at Sivam Ayurvedic Specialty Hospital.
You can find out more about his Ayurvedic activities at his website ayurvedam.pl.
In 2005-2008 he collaborated with the Indian theater group Milón Méla, co-leading numerous workshops and performing at festivals in India and Europe. Since 2008, he lives in Wroclaw. In 2010, together with Justyna Rodzińska-Nair, he founded Studio Kalari.
He conducts regular classes in Wroclaw and workshops in Poland and abroad (including Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Russia, Italy). Every year in winter, he teaches at Alamkottu Kalari Sangham in India in his own school.
Daddy of Maja, Leon and Mira. He likes to fish and cook.
Every time when I start and finish a training, I feel gratitude that I can practise kalari. I enjoy concentration, dynamics and effort which I experience that time. We create great energy together with the group.
Justyna comes from Wrocław, she graduated from the Interfaculty Individual Studies in the Humanities at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (she defended her master’s thesis on kalarippayattu and performative arts). Since 2004, she has been professionally associated with the Grotowski Institute (until 2007 the Center), initially as a participant of artistic workshops, a volunteer and translator, and since 2005 as a coordinator of international workshops and projects.
She met the southern style of Kalarippayattu for the first time in 2004 during the workshops of the Indian theatre group Milon Mela and was completely absorbed. Since 2005 she has been practicing regularly (excluding 3 maternity leaves). Initially, she studied in Thiruvananthapuram under the direction of Jayachandran Nair (Kerala School of Martial Arts), Thankappan Assan and Ajith Kumar (Maruthi Marma Chikils Kalari Sangham and Ayurveda) and Ashokan Kutappan (Anjaneya Kalari Sangam), and during occasional workshops in Wroclaw.
Since 2008, she has been practicing under the direction of Sankar Lal Sivasankaran Nair, with whom they founded both the family and – in 2010 – Studio Kalari. She co-runs trainings and workshops, and also is the manager of the Studio.
Mum of Maja, Leon and Mira. She likes to read and swim.