After the great battle of Mahabharata, India has always been under utter peace and harmony and free of Invaders until 500 BC as the land saw the intrusions of Greeks and Romans. However, the ancients came up with extraordinary defence strategies based on Vedic science. Only then many martial arts came into being, in a sense, they’ve been resurrected by Siddhas. They’re in no means separate from self-expression, equally taught to all, women, men and children.
Silambam in a way, came from the Yogic lifestyle where the forest dwellers used it extensively earlier, that art now turned to be a major skill for Vedic Defence since then and extensively taught around the nation for self-defence. From then on, despite combats, this has been a lifestyle and a fitness regime for the ancients. Ascended Master Agastya brought Silmabam into the light where we see Agastya in Mahabharata too, in a sense, he re-established the forgotten art.
However, during the first half of the Common Era, people here again lived in relative peace, until around 750 AD where the first invasion happened. This made the nation again to revoke the ancient martial art forms like Kalaripayattu, Ghatka, Tangta, Karrasamu and so on. But Silambam predates them all, as it can be primarily used with a staff and then used with any weapon. When Master Bodhidharma came up, he added the staff fencing skills of Silmambam into Kalaripayattu. These arts even withstood the colonials and can be learned even today!
-Viswanath Venkat Dasari.