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Wrestling matches in old Rajwada, [Kolhapur, watched by large crowds].

Wrestling matches in old Rajwada, [Kolhapur, watched by large crowds].

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1894

Shelfmark: Photo 2/8(9)

Item number: 9

Length: 28.5

Width: 37.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a large crowd watching a match outside the Old Palace, or Rajwada at Kolhapur taken by an unknown photographer in 1894 from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Souvenirs of Kolhapur. Installation of H.H. the Maharajah, 1894'. Kolhapur in western India is famous as a centre for the traditional wrestling style, kusti and has produced several Indian national wrestling champions. Before a match the area was worshipped and after a salute the match began accompanied by instrumental 'Halagi' music to inspire the wrestlers.

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