Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 People / Life Style

Pehlwans of Kushti

  • Photographer
    Arpan Uzir
  • Technical Info
    Canon 5d Mark Iii + Canon 24-105mm F4 @ 1/250 F5.6 Iso 1600
  • Photo Date
    September 2019

In a fast changing world with contemporary forms of art, an age old tradition of Indian wrestling established centuries ago finds its way to survive in the lives of few remaining wrestlers who have made it a way of life more than a sport. My ongoing series on a traditional form of Indian mud-clay wrestling; ‘Kushti’ and practitioners of this wrestling art called the ‘Pehlwans' who practice in rounds in an 'Akhada'(arena). For these wrestlers, Kushti is a lifestyle, a discipline, a way of life.