Garadi Mane 1

These images were shot at a ‘Garadi mane’ or a mud wrestling pit near S.P road where 'pailwans’ or athletes practice the sport. 'Kushti’ has been a part of sporting life in India for the past 3000 years but the recent past has seen this tradition dying with the advent of modern sporting facilities, especially in the cities.

This particular 'garadi mane’, one of the few remaining functional ones in Bangalore, has a history dating back over a 100 years. It’s walls are adorned with pictures of famous 'pailwans’ in their glory days. Tales of their conquests still resonate within it’s walls through their children and grandchildren. I was given the tour by Madhu whose grandfather was one of the most revered 'pailwans’ in Mysore.