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Dravidian is a family of related ethnic and linguistic groups in South Asia. These ethno/linguistic areas of the Dravidians consist of Southern and Central India, Northeastern Sri Lanka and parts of Pakistan & Bangladesh. In Southern India, the Dravidian areas are composed of four states namely Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Within the four major Dravidian states are the Tuluvas and Kodavas, while in Central India are the Kolamis, Gonds, Gadaba, Kuis, Parjis, and Kurukhs. In Sri Lanka there are Tamils of Northeastern Sri Lanka, while in the Central part of the island are Tamils of Indian origins.

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The origins of Dravidian martial arts date back to the 2nd possible 3rd century BC, when various martial arts were described in Sangam literature at the time. The Akananuru and Purananuru describe the martial arts of ancient Tamilakkam, including forms of one-to-one combat, and the use of spears, swords, shields, bows and silambam. The word "kalari" appears in the Puram (verses 225, 237, 245, 356) and Akam (verses 34, 231, 293) to describe to both a battlefield and combat arena. (more...)

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225px Thanthai Periyar statue at Vaikom town in Kottayam, Kerala

Erode Venkata Ramasamy[1] (17 September 1879 – 24 December 1973), affectionately called by his followers as Periyar, Thanthai Periyar or E. V. R., was a businessman, politician, Indian independence and social activist, who started the Self-Respect Movement or the Dravidian Movement and was the founder of the Dravidar Kazhagam. Periyar was born in Erode, Madras Presidency to a wealthy family of Kannada speaking Balijas. He propagated the principles of rationalism, self-respect, women’s rights and eradication of caste. He opposed the exploitation and marginalisation of the non-Brahmin indigenous Dravidian peoples of South India and the imposition of, what he considered, Indo-Aryan India. In 1939, Periyar became the head of the Justice Party, and in 1944, he changed its name to Dravidar Kazhagam. The party later split and one group led by C. N. Annadurai formed the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in 1949.While continuing the Self-Respect Movement, he advocated for an independent Dravida Nadu (Dravidistan) which comprised southern India and northeast Sri Lanka. more...

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Dravidian architecture was a style of architecture that emerged thousands of years ago in the Southern part of the Indian subcontinent or South India more...

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  1. ^ "About Periyar: A Biographical Sketch from 1879 to 1909". Dravidar Kazhagam. Retrieved 2008-09-06.