K U S T I. Kolhapur

Some wrestlers doing some warm up excercises before a session of training inside the Shahupuri Talim wrestling club, a Kusti Akhara in Kolhapur.

 

Traditional Indian wrestling (Kusti). The wrestlers are known as "Malla". This wrestling match is played in the square dark red clay ground, which is known as "Akhara". The young wrestlers train two times a day: in the early morning (4am-6.30am) and in the afternoon (4pm-6pm) six days a week. .

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Taken on June 11, 2008