Kusthi, an ancient indian art martial

PhotographerGianluca De Bartolo
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Kusthiis an ancient indian martial art, also popular in Bangladesh and Pakistan. In Varanasi there are various gym who pratice this discipline. The ring, called akhada, is preparated each time before each match following an estabilished procedure (ritual) and it consists in red clay terrain. The athletes, mainly young men, puts in contact with this ancient discipline aware about the strict rules they will observe about diet, healthy life which does not include alcohol smoke and sex, to help to increase their interior strength.