Thai Ponggal is a harvest festival dedicated to the God of Sun. It is celebrated for three days according to the Tamil calendar. Inconjunction of the Tamil celebration, Penang Hindu Endowment Board recently organised State level Ponggal Day celebration on 2nd of February 2019 at the Endowment Board Office Complex located at Jalan Macalister, Penang. Nillaikalakki Silambam Association was invited to be a part of the celebration and to perform Nillaikalakki demo to all the guests that attended the event.
The Nillaikalakki team performed basic training, Silatguvarusai and Sandai Maarutham demonstration which attracted guests. We were approached by the locals and foreigners who were excited to know about Nillaikalakki Silambam right after the performances. Demonstrations like this has given us a good engagement with the public and it has also given us a wider exposure to achieve our target.