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According to Sangam-era literature, there were a number of exercise centres called silambak-koodam s all over the Dravida Nadu region, and the age-old art—patronized by the Chera, Chola and Pandya rulers—is recorded ldarn one of the 64 art forms of ancient India. We aim to help the world discover great products made by small enterprises.

Star-crossed love, betrayal and drama aside, one of the most riveting spectacles in this movie is the sight of MGR wielding the kambu. It also increasingly began to transform into a performance art: When she is not busy at The Better India, she can usually be found reading, laughing at silly cat videos and binge-watching TV seasons. Pandian picks up the bamboo sticks and hands them to me.

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According to it, during the Sangam period, there were a number of exercise centres called silambak-koodam s all over the Dravida Nadu region, and the age-old art—patronized eilambam the Chera, Chola and Pandya rulers—is recorded as one of the 64 art forms of ancient India.

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According to the book Cinasthana Today: National Award-winning actor-director Samuthirakani agrees. Shotokan Karatedo Federation India. By the end of the session, the person who had silamnam most marks lost the game and, presumably, the girl. Silambam was such a powerful martial art that it was employed in warfare by most rulers of south India, adds Murugesan. It has lately emerged in a new avatar as a source of inspiration for lezrn in contemporary dance forms, theatre, fitness techniques and movies too!


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Much of this silambxm hypothesis and hearsay, of course: However, the good news is that some citizens and organisations are trying to resurrect Indian martial arts by teaching them to young Indians.

Competitive silambam takes place on a circular, hard surface, which is ft in radius. There is also a theory that the famous Shaolin style of martial arts may have been derived from Indian stick-fighting. This lack silammbam recognition affects player participation to a large extent, says Manivannan.

The official uniform is blue, sometimes with red or yellow piping, consisting of trousers and a cross-front jacket with a belt around the waist.

A lover of all things creative and happy, Sanchari is a biotech engineer who fell in love with writing and decided to make it her profession. Raj describes the stick as a cured and flexible cane bamboo cut to a uniform size, usually around Products like clay water bottles, sustainable bamboo products, wallets from used tyres and so on.

Besides, I became calmer, happier, more focused. However, it is only recently that the martial art has entered the arena of competitive sport. The sharp swords of Shastar Vidya have been replaced by wooden sticks soti and shields farri in Gatka. Laern boxing, both the combatants need to weigh approximately the same and are generally in the same age leafn and gender. There are hundreds of different sword drills that teach the basic strokes and stepping patterns of this fighting style.

Nambiar and Jaishankar were all exponents and used it in their fight sequences in the s; more recently, it has been used by Suriya in 7aum Arivu and Kamal Hassan in Thevar Magan. A very ancient form of art, it saw its emergence during the Maratha dynasty.

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Sulambam document by the late J. Like karate, it starts with a white belt and ends with a black—ash, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple and brown come in between.


Pandian comes from the same teaching lineage as the man who taught MGR the art. Today, there are several organizations at the state, national and international levels regulating the sport, and the World Silambam Federation, founded on 17 August is one of them. Thang-Tha Federation of India.

Also, since it is a contact sport, participants are clad in protective gear, including a helmet with a face mask, a chest guard and an abdominal guard, over their jersey or vest. Once a sport that used to hold great importance in Indian society, at present, Silajbam is only practiced in a handful places around India.

One hard blow is numbing. There are three referees with counters to register the points, one umpire on the mat with a stick to conduct the combat and a timekeeper. But Manivannan begs to differ.

Ancient but Deadly: 8 Indian Martial Art Forms and Where You Can Learn Them

Have something to share? This martial art form integrates various external weapons — the sword, spear and dagger- with the internal practice of physical control through soft movements coordinated with breathing rhythms. The warm-up drill has begun and beads of sweat have already appeared on the faces of the motley bunch of people twirling their kambu staff.

However, the ban, coupled with the introduction of firearms, did affect the combative nature of silambam greatly.

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