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PEHLWANI : KUSHTI

'Kushti' is an ancient form of Indian wrestling. It is more than just an old school sports, it is a 'lifestyle'. For the young practitioners, 'Pehlvans' and their teachers (Guru or Ustad), it is a religion practised with utmost devotion.

The lads are trained rigorously under strict and disciplined guidance of their 'Gurus or Ustad'. They do not use any sophisticated equipments like weights or treadmills, but practise natural forms of exercises such as 'Suryanamaskar, Dand-bethak (sit ups) and the likes. They believe in simple living and giving due importance to their bodies. Their diet comprises of milk, fruits, almonds and vegetables. They wear 'Langoti/Dhoti', the white cloth which they wear below their waistline in 'Akharas' (grounds) where they are trained professionally.

Their role model is Lord and they are so fascinated by the so called 'six pack abs'. They are the true ‘Sons of Soil’. The only aim they have in life is to be stronger than their opponent on the wrestling field and to win every championship. They are miles away from the common urban addictions of drugs, alcoholism, sex etc.

The culture of 'Kushti', the traditional form of Indian wrestling is dying with times. The natural form of 'well being' is losing its importance under the influence of the western culture. It is no more having the patronage of the public, nor the government. Perhaps like 'Yoga', this old traditional discipline might regain it’s charm, once it becomes popular in the western countries and then accepted again by the Indian residents.