” Kalaripayattu is not merely a physical practice; it’s a journey of self-discovery,
where the body becomes a vessel for the soul’s expression.”
Dr. S. Mahesh Gurukkal

” Kalaripayattu is not merely a physical practice; it’s a journey of self-discovery,where the body becomes a vessel for the soul’s expression.”
Dr. S. Mahesh Gurukkal

GURUKKAL Dr. S. Mahesh is an Indian Martial Arts Guru, renowned for his expertise in the ancient combat technique, Kalaripayattu. He is the Fifth generation martial art Guru upholding a rich tradition and lineage of 127 years in Thekkan Sampradayam of Kalaripayattu and Siddha treatments.
Gurukkal, a multifaceted personality, had  completed his graduation in Chemistry, Masters in Sociology and Journalism and pursued Ph.D in the topic “Influence of Kalaripayattu in curing systems”. He has authored several books on Kalaripayattu, Yoga and Vaastu. Gurukkal is now the Co-PI of the IKS Center for Kalaripayattu & Sidhar Tradition under the Indian Ministry of Education, which is the first research center for Kalaripayattu and Siddhar Tradition. He has a successful career in the Media , receiving several awards for his short movies and documentaries. As of now he is the Director and Writer of the Epic Pan Indian Film “Kaaliyan” featuring Malayalam Superstar Prithviraj in the lead role, with Ravi Basrur serving as the music director. He is a unique, versatile genius, an embodiment of knowledge, tech savvy, media and an expertise of Kalaripayattu, yoga, Vaastu, and Sidda. For our younger generation these contributions are both impressive and empowering.Gurukkal has made several innovations in Indian Martial Arts transcending its boundaries, making it accessible to ALL age groups irrespective of their location, through Online and Offline classes. 


Recognizing Gurukkals invaluable contributions in the field of Kalaripayattu, he was honored by Brigadier Lalith Sharma with Indian Army’s “Medal of Excellence” in an auspicious occasion held at Agasthyam. He was also given a “bayonet” by Lt. General Anand Narayanan in the presence of 1500 infantry men at MHOW Indore.Gurukkal has brought innovations in Kalaripayattu which has significantly enriched this Martial Art and introduced various programs like Nalludal for physical fitness, Prana for breath control and Shakthi for self defense, where we had already trained over 15000 women, and is now being extended to numerous corporate executives and staff members and techies. Through unique programs like Akam, the meditation retreat designed by Gurukkal, Agasthyam covers both the dynamic and serene elements of martial arts.The kalaripayattu training model thus developed by Gurukkal, proved to be an effective method to boost our productivity and to invigorate our mind.Gurukkal has a strong commitment to promote Kalaripayattu as the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and to create a fearless society. He is the founder of “AGASTHYAM”, a Gurukulam that strives to raise people’s consciousness to a higher level through the rigors of Kalaripayattu and is aiding many students to create a great zeal for their psycho-physical transformation in life. Agasthyam is also conducting Online training programs to promote the teachings of thekkan mura and to propagate Kalari lifestyle for people of all ages throughout the world. Guided by Gurukkal, Agasthyam currently mentors a diverse range of prominent figures in society, such as University Professors, IAS officers, Army personnel etc. Under the guidance of Gurukkal, the students of Agasthyam won Gold Medals in the National Games and Annual Khelo India Youth Games.



● Author of multiple blogs on kalaripayattu, martial arts medicine, wellness etc.
● Technical Committee Meeting of Voluntary Certification Scheme for Traditional Community Healthcare Providers in
   Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions, Bangalore on 18th October’23
● Corporate trainings given to global company employees from U.ST, ACSIA
● Delivered Speeches in India’s leading IITs including IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee and IIT Indore
● Metallurgy paper presented in National Conference in Dhara bharatiya dhatu shasthra
● Seminars at various programs of International Agasthya Consciousness Group
● Special sessions on Kalaripayattu for National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes & Narcotics, Bangalore on February, 2024

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