Madheswaran says silambam has changed his life for good. People respect him as a silambam master now. The same profession was once looked down upon as a one related with brawls and hooliganism.

Madheswaran says silambam has changed his life for good. People respect him as a silambam master now. The same profession was once looked down upon as a one related with brawls and hooliganism. There is an increasing awareness among the public about advantages of playing silambam. Increasingly parents are preferring to send their children to learn silambam than karate or kungfu. People are calling us to perform in all kinds of festivals, even in marriages. School wants their children to learn silambam. Kalaithaai is giving silambam training to many schools in and around erode.

Kalaithaai gives silambam training to SIddharatha school students at erode © Balamurali Krishnan
Kalaithaai gives silambam training to SIddharatha school students at erode © Balamurali Krishnan
Kalaithaai gives silambam training to SIddharatha school students at erode © Balamurali Krishnan

Silambam has proved to be therapeutic to many mentally challenged children.

Silambam has proved to be therapeutic to many mentally challenged children. It helps children in regaining balance both physical and psychological and stimulates brain activity. this in turn help them in their academic learning and leading a normal life. many schools have made learning silambam a part of their daily activity like other sports. though this trend came very late,  it has been adopted rapidly and strongly across the state. In the past few years Kalaithaai has trained many mentally challenged children in Silambam.

 

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