Madheswaran says he takes every day as it comes. Come whatever may he will be at the playground sharp at 6’o clock in the morning playing silambam.

Madheswaran says he takes every day as it comes. Come whatever may he will be at the playground sharp at 6’o clock in the morning playing silambam. Personally silambam has liberated him from trivial matters in his life. Teaching silambam to so many children has made him humble. He still feels he has to learn a lot.

Madheswaran says without the support of his wife he couldn’t have pursued silambam as a profession.

When Madheswaran went to work at the age of 9yrs, his wife Easwari went to work in a textile mill at the same age. She has suffered the impact of alcoholic brothers. Despite her hardships she was the breadwinner at her home. by the time she got married to Madheswaran her maternal uncle at the age of 18yrs she has already worked for 9 years. Her marriage set her free from the vicious cycle of stressful work and alcoholic home. Madheswaran says ‘without the support of his wife he couldn’t have pursued silambam as a profession’.

Project Eyam is trying to engage people with oral history of people of Tamilnadu and  through the insights of both old and young to question the mainstream perceptions and explore how this could help bring a deeper understanding about our society’s past and present. Photography and Editing by Balamurali Krishnan