Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Ancient Indian Sport Of Mallakhamb


Mallakhamb is an ancient Indian sport which originated as a complementary exercise for wrestling, but is now practiced as a sport in itself. The name is a combination of the words malla, which means athlete or strong man, and khamba, which means pole. Athletes perform a variety of yogic and gymnastic poses while suspended from a rope or on a pole. Practitioners say that the sport not only develops a healthy and strong body, but also strengthens willpower and helps compose the mind.

The Ancient Indian Sport Of Mallakhamb

1A girl practices a Mallakhamb pose while suspended from a rope at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS
The Ancient Indian Sport Of Mallakhamb

2A boy with powder applied on his hands grabs onto a Mallakhamb pole during a Mallakhamb class at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS
The Ancient Indian Sport Of Mallakhamb

3A boy performs a Mallakhamb pose on a pole as others watch at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS
The Ancient Indian Sport Of Mallakhamb

4Boys laugh during a Mallakhamb class at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS
The Ancient Indian Sport Of Mallakhamb

5A group of boys prepare to set up a Mallakhamb pole during a class at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS


6A girl practices a Mallakhamb pose while suspended from a rope at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS


7A group of girls hang from parallel bars during a Mallakhamb class at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS


8A girl practices a Mallakhamb pose while suspended from a rope at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS


9A girl with painted fingernails holds onto a rope before performing a Mallakhamb pose at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS


10A girl practices a Mallakhamb pose while suspended from a rope at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS


11A boy stretches while waiting for his instructor during a Mallakhamb class at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS


12Boys line up before performing Mallakhamb at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS


13A boy runs on a manually operated treadmill to warm up as another practises handstands before a Mallakhamb class at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS


14A boy hangs from a bar during a Mallakhamb class at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS


15An instructor watches children performing during a Mallakhamb class at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS


16Girls practise a Mallakhamb pose while suspended from a rope at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS


17A boy walks under a statue of Balambhatta Dada Deodhar, founder of the modern version of Mallakhamb, before a class at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS


18A boy carries a gymnastic mattress during a Mallakhamb class at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai. VIVEK PRAKASH/REUTERS

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