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Pehlwani

Indian mud wresting or kushti (also known as pehlwani) in akharas (place of the wrestling and wrestlers) is not just an ancient sport, but a way of life, taught through generations of guru (teacher) and shishyas (pupils). The brotherhood of the men living in akharas practice a strict diet, discipline and sacrifice from distractions in order to prepare their bodies and minds, learning techniques, gathering strength and speed for the sport. Many Olympians of India have originated from these akharas.

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Date Taken: 06.2018
Date Uploaded: 10.2018
Photo Location: KOLKATA, India
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © ANIRBAN MANDAL
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