This is a Surul (Spring sword), a traditional weapon used in the martial art of Kalari-Payat. Originating from the Indian subcontinent, the Indian martial arts of Silambam and Kalari-Payat was introduced to Malaya through Master Marama Assan Ebenezer Dharmaraj Nadar who set-up the Kalari-Payat club in Ipoh, Malaysia in 1938. Following his father’s footsteps, Master E Edward founded the Kalari-Payat Silambam Centre in Singapore in 1970s, and it was officially registered under the Singapore Martial Arts Association in 1988. This Centre attracted the participation of many Indians in Singapore, who were taught Indian Martial Arts using the traditional weapons and graded based on an International Gradin System, which was introduced by Master E Edward

Date/Period
1900–1999
Region
Kerala/Singapore
Dimension
Object size: 54.0 x 17.0 x 3.0 cm
Accession No.
2018-01213
Material
metal
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre
Credit Line
Gift of Elenasiar Edwards
Category
Keris and Weaponry