Thursday, 10 April 2014

Indian Kushti Wrestlers - Delhi - Feb 2014

Indian Kushti Wrestling, a brutal traditional Indian sport being practised at the Guru Muni Yayamshala wrestling club in New Delhi. Local lads of all ages come here to train and compete in the sport which has been practised for thousands of years. Also referred to as Pehlwani, the sport is played on a dirt arena and is won by pinning the opponents shoulders and hips to the ground simultaneously. The arena is blessed with buttermilk, oil and red ochre before a bout and a fight tends to play out for about 10 minutes. I visited a session with the group who where training for an upcoming tournament in Delhi. Training and fighting hard, I enjoyed watching how they switched from being best mates to aggressors in very short succession.

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