Kushti is a traditional form of mud wrestling in India and Pakistan.

Recently 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. — Photos by Reuters

A wrestler rubs his hands with mud to prevent slipping due to sweat, during a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) about at the Akhaara centre in Kolhapur, about 400 kms (250 miles) south of Mumbai. ? Reuters Photo
A wrestler rubs his hands with mud to prevent slipping due to sweat, during a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) about at the Akhaara centre in Kolhapur, about 400 kms (250 miles) south of Mumbai. ? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo
A mud-covered wrestler trains at a traditional Indian mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur, about 400 kms (250 miles) south of Mumbai.? Reuters Photo
A mud-covered wrestler trains at a traditional Indian mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur, about 400 kms (250 miles) south of Mumbai.? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo
A wrestler takes a bath after a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) bout at the Akhaara centre in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo
A wrestler takes a bath after a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) bout at the Akhaara centre in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo

Wrestlers pose for a photo at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur, about 400 kms (250 miles) south of Mumbai.? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers pose for a photo at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur, about 400 kms (250 miles) south of Mumbai.? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers rest in their dormitory after a training session at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara.? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers rest in their dormitory after a training session at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara.? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo
Wrestlers practise in the mud at a traditional mud wrestling (Kushti) centre called Akhaara in Kolhapur. ? Reuters Photo

Comments (2) (Closed)


Hemant
Feb 16, 2012 08:26pm
Thanks Dawn for publishing such nice pic ! Kusti is(actually was !) very famous in india and Pakistan but is currently loosing its charm to other sports. Can anybody give exact name of akhara(is it KhasBag maidan?) from where these pictures are taken? I am also from kolhapur but not able to recognize exact akhara name.
Asif
Feb 17, 2012 02:36pm
With no intention to hurt anyone, I dont think this thing is any good. Makes not sense, and who wants to hug a sweaty opponent?