The Art of Silambam


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    Silambam classes have mushroomed across Tamil Nadu in schools, in public spaces like beaches and parks, and at martial art institutes. 

    About Silambam 

    • It is a traditional martial art developed in Tamil Nadu, India. 
    • It is originated around 1000 this ancient fighting style is mentioned in Tamil Sangam literature 400 BCE
    • The name is derived from the Tamil word “Silambal” which roughly translates to sounds of the hills and nature.
    • Silambam was used by kings, soldiers and even civilians as a foundation for honing the skills in defence tactics.
    • Silambam is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes, Weapon strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands and palm-heel strikes. 
      • Archaeologically, and in some modern styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints and vital-point strikes are also taught.


    • Various initiatives 
      • International Non-Olympic Committee (INOC) had taken footsteps to develop the traditional sport. 
        • In the year 2019, INOC declared “Silambam” as Non-Olympic Sports and formed a separate commission as “International Silambam Committee (ISC)”. 
      • The Government of India has also approved the inclusion of silambam under the component of ‘Promotion of Inclusiveness through Sports’ of the New Khelo India Scheme.