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A look at India's Disappearing Traditional Game – Kushti

India | Reuters | November 24, 2018, 9:15 am
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 A sneak peeks at the vanishing art of Kushti which once an integral part of Indian sports and culture. It was quite popular in North India. (Image: Reuters)

A sneak peeks at the vanishing art of Kushti which once an integral part of Indian sports and culture. It was quite popular in North India. (Image: Reuters)

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 With a change in the way wrestling is played around the world, this ancient game is on the verge of extinction. (Image: Reuters)

With a change in the way wrestling is played around the world, this ancient game is on the verge of extinction. (Image: Reuters)

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 Kushti (mud wrestling) is a traditional sport in India but more and more young athletes are now taking up mat wrestling to gain access to the top international competitions like the Commonwealth Games or the Olympic Games. (Image: Reuters)

Kushti (mud wrestling) is a traditional sport in India but more and more young athletes are now taking up mat wrestling to gain access to the top international competitions like the Commonwealth Games or the Olympic Games. (Image: Reuters)

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 A wrestler rubs his hands with mud to prevent slipping due to sweat. (Image: Reuters)

A wrestler rubs his hands with mud to prevent slipping due to sweat. (Image: Reuters)

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 Fewer people are taking up Kushti, according to the sport's coaches, as young athletes turn instead to mat wrestling to gain access to top international sports competitions. (Image: Reuters)

Fewer people are taking up Kushti, according to the sport's coaches, as young athletes turn instead to mat wrestling to gain access to top international sports competitions. (Image: Reuters)

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 A wrestler takes a bath after a traditional mud wrestling bout. (Image: Reuters)

A wrestler takes a bath after a traditional mud wrestling bout. (Image: Reuters)

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 Wrestlers rest in their dormitory after a training session. (Image: Reuters)

Wrestlers rest in their dormitory after a training session. (Image: Reuters)

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 Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional Indian wrestling centre called 'Akhaara' in Kolhapur. (Image: Reuters)

Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional Indian wrestling centre called 'Akhaara' in Kolhapur. (Image: Reuters)

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 Wrestlers pose for a photo during the interval. (Image: Reuters)

Wrestlers pose for a photo during the interval. (Image: Reuters)

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 Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional Indian wrestling centre called 'Akhaara' in Kolhapur. (Image: Reuters)

Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional Indian wrestling centre called 'Akhaara' in Kolhapur. (Image: Reuters)

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 A wrestler throws mud to avoid slipping of hands due to sweat. (Image: Reuters)

A wrestler throws mud to avoid slipping of hands due to sweat. (Image: Reuters)

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 Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling centre in Kolhapur. (Image: Reuters)

Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling centre in Kolhapur. (Image: Reuters)

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 Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling in Kolhapur. (Image: Reuters)

Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling in Kolhapur. (Image: Reuters)

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 A wrestler interacts with a schoolboy at a traditional mud wrestling centre in Kolhapur. (Image: Reuters)

A wrestler interacts with a schoolboy at a traditional mud wrestling centre in Kolhapur. (Image: Reuters)

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 Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional Indian wrestling centre called 'Akhaara' in Kolhapur. (Image: Reuters)

Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional Indian wrestling centre called 'Akhaara' in Kolhapur. (Image: Reuters)

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