S. R. D. Prasad



Born on 11 January 1945 in village Pallikunnu, district Kannur, Kerala, Shri S.R.D. Prasad was initiated in the martial arts tradition of Kerala, Kalaripayattu, by his father, T. Sreedharan Nair. He was groomed in the Arappukkai style of Kalaripayattu in a training school founded by his father in 1948, Sree Bharath Kalari, situated in Valapattnam, Kerala. He has also received extensive training in Kathakali music while researching on the movement techniques of Kathakali and the influence Kalaripayattu has on the Kathakali artists.
Shri S.R.D. Prasad has established himself as an outstanding exponent of the martial arts of Kerala. He, along with his disciples, has given innumerable lecture-demonstrations on Kalaripayattu at various State, national as well as international level institutions, organizations, and universities. He presented a demonstration on Kalaripayattu in a seminar organized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2012, ‘Health and Harmony in Asian Systems of Medicine’; presented a demonstration in the Yoga Parva organized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi in New Delhi in 2015; and has served as a member of the Syllabus Formulation Committee of the Mumbai University for devising a postgraduate course titled ‘Movement Science’. He is also a visiting faculty for the course offered by the Mumbai University titled ‘Dance and Fitness’. He has authored various books for dissemination of the legacy of Kalaripayattu like Otta (published in 2004); Kalariyile Kala, which is the biography of a Guru (published in 2010); Maippayattu (published by Folklore Akademi in 2012); and Bharathakandam, a novel based on the epic Ramayana (published by Kairali Books in 2009).
Shri S.R.D. Prasad has received recognition for his outstanding contribution to the martial arts tradition of Kerala. In 2010, he was awarded a Senior Fellowship Grant by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India to prepare an Encyclopedia on Kalaripayattu.
Shri S.R.D. Prasad receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the martial arts of Kerala.