This series is about a 'Garadi mane' or mud-wrestling pit house/gymnasium in the city of Bangalore. Wrestling enthusiasts from the neighbourhood congregate here in the evenings to work-out. These are guys with day jobs that have grown up with the notion of a successful mud-wrestler or 'pailwan' as the epitome of hyper-masculinity.
Mud-wrestling or 'Kushti' in India has seen a steady decline in popularity over the past decades. Even though tournaments or a 'Dangal' are still popular in the countryside, in my city I was hard pressed to find a functioning 'Garadi Mane'. The sport is still practised and taught using century-old techniques, something the masters and the students alike take great pride in. Here are some pictures from a charmingly humorous anachronism.