Silambam: A moving meditation
From competitive sports to movie stars' fitness regimes, a look at the ancient Tamil martial art
The big black dog raises his head and looks suspiciously at me as I walk into an early morning silambam class being conducted at the YMCA grounds in Nandanam, Chennai. I hold out a hand. He sniffs it, and then, thankfully enough, deciding I pass muster, wags his tail and allows me to pat his head.