Consider the following:
1. Thang-Ta
2. Kalaripayattu
3. Silambam
4. Mudiyettu
Which among the above is / are Indian martial arts?

Answer: [C] Only 1, 2 & 3


Thang-ta is a weapon-based Indian martial art created by the Meitei of Manipur. In the Manipuri language, thang means sword and ta means spear, referring to the art’s primary weapons. Thang Ta is also a popular form in Manipuri dance.


Silambam is a weapon-based Indian martial art from Tamil Nadu, but also traditionally practised by the Tamil community of Sri Lanka and Malaysia. It is closely related to Keralan kalaripayat and Sri Lankan angampora.


Kalaripayattu is an Indian martial art from Kerala. It is one of the most ancient fighting systems that are even practiced today. It was originally practised in Kerala and some parts of Karnataka. Today it is practiced in Kerala, Tamil Nadu as well as Karnataka and some parts of Shri Lanka.


Mudiyettu is the name of a dance drama of Kerala, which is based upon the mythological tale of battle, depicting glory and triumph of Bhagavathy over the demon Darika. This along with Koodiyattam,  Ram Lila and Vedic Chanting have been recognized by the UNESCO as  ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”?

This question is a part of GKToday's Integrated IAS General Studies Module