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ENCHANTING FUSION OF KUNGFU AND KALARIPAYATTU

      Thiruvananthapuram: Shaolin Kung Fu has found a welcome partner in 'Kalaripayattu', the classical martial art of Kerala. 

       Six performers of 'Kalaripayattu' joined hands with Shaolin exponents at a rare fusion of the two traditional art forms in the Chinese capital recently.
The occasion was a 'Kerala Evening' organized at the Indian Embassy in Beijing by Kerala Tourism, which is making a foray into China, a vast market with 107 million Chinese tourists travelling worldwide, according to figures available for 2014.

     A shared cultural heritage was the theme as Shaolin exponents effortlessly mingled with Kalaripayattu performers in a scintillating display of martial arts. Two Kathakali artistes from Kerala then went on to enthrall an audience consisting of the Who's Who of the Chinese travel and tourism industry.

      'The breathtaking fusion of 'Kalaripayattu' and Shaolin showed that Kerala and China have a lot in common,' said Kerala Tourism Minister A.P. Anilkumar, who was leading a state delegation to China. 'Like Kerala, China has a rich tradition of classical art forms such as the famous dragon dance, making it easy for us to understand the country and its culture and also for the people of China to understand our culture,' he said.

      Chinese journalists, corporate executives, airline industry officials and tour operators were part of the select audience at the 'Kerala Evening'. Indian ambassador to China, Ashok K. Kantha, was also present. A similar show will also be organized at the venue of the Beijing International Tourism Expo (BITE) 2015, which began on Friday. 'Kalaripayattu' and backwaters is the theme of the Kerala Tourism pavillion at BITE 2015. It is for the first time that Kerala Tourism is participating in the three-day BITE, the premier travel and tourism fair in Asia.