There, in the erstwhile Travancore,
Lived Nangeli and Chirukandan.
A happy couple that they were,
But were bound to the rules of the Pravathiyar.*
Women, of the lower castes,
Couldn't cover their breasts,
Shouted the rule, oh! Wasn't that injust?
The heroes of the Vadakkan Pattu,
Known for their valor and strength,
Exponents of Kalaripayattu they were,
Called the Chekavar clan.
Hired by the small rulers
Of Kolathunadu and Kadathanadu,
To fight and die for them,
The chekavars were real warriors.