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Values of Traditional Games
As a land of cultural diversity, India gives more importance to many outdoor and indoor native games. In olden days like the ’70s and ’80s, the children used to play many traditional games.
Some of the popular Indian traditional games are Chess, Kho-Kho, Kabbadi, Gilli Danda or Lippa, Pallanguzhi, Hide and seek, Hopping, Lagori or Pitthu (seven stones), lock and key, bullfighting and many more native games.
Traditional sports have deep aesthetic values and support a child to develop skills like coordination, concentration, logical thinking, improving memory power, mathematical skills and more.
Nowadays, the situation has changed a lot and it is very rare to see children playing the native traditional games due to many reasons like online games, shrinkage of open areas, security concerns and many more, but such games are still being played in villages.
How BIT Supports Traditional Games
In this present age, it appears openly that, youths are showing an increasing interest in Silambam these days.
Our Bannari Amman Institute of Technology supports and gives training on silambam and related games for interested students and staff in our institution with special trainers, in order to create proper awareness on our traditional sport to reach national and international levels.
BITians practising Silambam
Traditionally Silambam has been considered a sport for men and nowadays it’s heartening to see women too joining the sport.
Our BIT girl students and lady staff are avidly practising and learning the values of silambam. Silambam is one of the self-defence options, especially for women.
It enhances the sense of security.
BIT girls silambam Team
Many seem to have shed the idea that Silambam is only for the villagers to learn. But BITians showing a great interest for silambam and doing it as a regular fitness activity and practising it every day inside our campus.
Not only Silambam BIT also teaches some of its more evolved offshoots like,
- Vaal Veechu,
- Kuthu Varisai,
- Silambam with fire rings and chains
The combative art is also played utilising a varied range of armaments such as
- Vel kambu (spear),
- Maan-kombu (deer horns) and
- Small knives.
Our Students are mastering in these traditional sports.
BITians Won Medals in State and District level Silambam Competitions
The Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu has recognised Silambam as a sport and introduced it in School education. Since the past five years, state-level Silambam Tournaments are being conducted.
BIT Silambam Team
Our Bannari Amman Institute of Technology men and women silambam players won 12 medals (4-gold, 5-silver, 3-bronze) in District level silambam tournament held at Kongu Vellalar Matric school, Chennimalai, Erode, on 21/07/2019. The competition was organized by TamilNadu Silambam Association. The winners were,
M. Divyabarathi (171AG109)
Our BIT silambam team players won 2 medals(1-gold, 1-silver) in State level Silambam tournament held at Erode on (30-06-2019). The winners were,
- N.Naveen Kumar (171CS206)-Gold,
- V.Dharunya (162IT114)-Silver,
The competition was organized by The World Silambam Association.
Silambam – The Moving Meditation
A few years back, only Karate and Kung fu were popular. Silambam is slowly catching up among those who learn martial arts as a hobby.
Silambam is widely known as Silambattam, a folk performance art which had been performed only during annual day functions of schools and colleges.
But nowadays, Silambam is probably the newfound chic workouts among the young students and professionals who are learning silambam during their evenings and weekends as a hobby.
It takes intense mental concentration, physical fitness and rigorous practise to perform a continuous sequence of Silambam, it is a wholesome activity that sharpens the alertness level of the mind and improves joint and muscular coordination.
Silambam is antique Dravidian combat and which is mentioned in Sangam Literature such as Silapathikaram.
Currently, there are three kinds of Silambam being practised –
- Por Silambam (warfare),
- Silambattam (folk dance) and
- Potti Silambam (sport).
It shall take many years of formal training to master Silambam. There are seven basic moves and four basic stick rotations that are permuted and combined to invent new moves.
Health benefits of Silambam:
- Silambam is a good sort of cardio exercise that increases blood circulation and heart function.
- Burns more calories that ease weight reduction and shaping of the body.
- Relieves mental stress, laziness and fatigue.
- Enhances body elasticity and reflexive movement of joints and muscles.
It’s an added advantage to know Silambam as it is counted under Sports Quota and helps in getting placed in Police and Military recruitments.