Silambam, a traditional sport of Tamil Nadu, is being introduced as a demo sport for the first time in the history of the Khelo India Youth Games.

About Silambam

  • It is an Indian martial art originating in Tamil Nadu. This style is also mentioned in Tamil Sangam literature.
  • It had references in the Silappadikaram and other works of Sangam literature which showed that Silabam has been practiced since 4th Century BC.
  • The term ‘Silambam’ refers to a particular type of Bamboo from the Kurinji Hills, Kerala. This bamboo type was used earlier for self-defense and to ward off animals and later on evolved as a martial art.
  • The city of Madurai is formed as a focal point of Silambam spreading.
  • The Silambam staff was acquired by the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians and backed to the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.

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