India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has singled out for praise a martial arts club in Dubai, little known outside the emirate, for its work in “carrying forward ancient traditions” of humanity, reported Emirates News Agency (WAM).
In his monthly radio address to the nation, known as “Mann ki Baat,” which translates randomly as “Thoughts from the Mind,” Modi praised the Kalari Club Dubai for registering its place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
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The Club achieved its world record for assembling the highest number of people ever to perform Kalarippayattu at one place together.
Kalaripayattu is an ancient South Indian martial art which has been practised for over 3,000 years. The Club describes it as the “mother of martial arts.”
“Old heritage is being protected in the hands of the new generation,” Modi said. At Dubai’s record-breaking assembly, 270 people performed at a single venue. They were aged between 4 and 60, Modi noted.
“If Dubai's club set a record, what is its relationship with India?” Modi asked his millions of regular listeners. “Because this record is related to Kalaripayattu, the ancient martial art of India.”
He cited this as a “wonderful example of how different generations are carrying forward an ancient tradition, with full inner enthusiasm. I am happy that such efforts are being made not only in the country but also abroad.”
This is the second time that Modi has mentioned Dubai in his nation-wide monthly radio address. Exactly two years ago, in the last week of December 2020, the Prime Minister praised an initiative by food traders in Dubai to promote Geographical Indication (GI) Tagged Kashmiri Saffron in the UAE.
“You will be delighted to know that after obtaining the GI Tag Certificate, Kashmiri Saffron was launched in a supermarket in Dubai. Now its exports will get a boost," Modi told listeners. A GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
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