H.H.Shahu Chhatrapati Maharaj [sitting amongst crowds watching a wrestling match].
Medium: Photographic print
View showing a crowd with the Maharaja of Kolhapur, with attendants and officials watching a wrestling match taken by an unknown photographer in 1894 from the Lee-Warner collection taken on the occasion of the installation of His Highness Shahu Chhatrapati (1875-1922), the Maharaja of Kolhapur. Maharaja Shahu Chhatrapati was descended from the younger son of Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha empire. Shahu Chhatrapati (r.1884-1922) succeeded to the throne as a minor on 17 March 1884, the country was ruled by regents until 1894 when the Maharaja came of age. Kolhapur is famous as a centre for the traditional wrestling style, kusti and has produced several Indian national wrestling champions.