The sport, first referenced in Indian messages in 1135, is prevalent in western Maharashtra state - of which Mumbai is the capital - yet is minimal known outside India.


Wearing just undies, Pavel Kalina turns his body up a wooden post before playing out a handstand at the best in the main big showdowns of an antiquated Indian sport.

The 55-year-old from the Czech Republic rehearses Mallakhamb, an aerobatic like order that began in western India in the twelfth century and is regularly portrayed as "yoga on a post".

"I do it since I'm an insane man," Kalina tells AFP, attempting to slow down following two minutes performing poses on the pillar, which is shrouded in castor oil to stop contact consumes.

"To be straightforward it resembles torment, yet I need to do it since I have to spend my vitality," includes the previous athlete who took up Mallakhamb ten years prior.

Kalina was among nearly 100 contenders from 15 distinct nations participating in the Mallakhamb World Championships in Mumbai throughout the end of the week.

The sport, first referenced in Indian messages in 1135, is prominent in western Maharashtra state - of which Mumbai is the capital - however is minimal known outside India.

"Malla implies wrestler and khamb implies shaft," clarifies Uday Deshpande, the coordinator of the occasion and India's most famous Mallakhamb specialist.

"The pole is eight and a half feet (2.6 meters) in height. It is smooth, very much cleaned and decreased at the best. Distinctive aerobatic practices and yogic stances are performed on it.

It "is there without your accomplice and you are wrestling against it," he includes.

On the very beginning of the occasion - held in Mumbai's Shivaji Park - men, for the most part in swimsuit, and ladies, generally in leotards, wowed a horde of a few hundred with gravity-challenging moves.


Spectators applauded and cheered as a contender from Spain extended on his front like Superman on the highest point of the post, which had a perimeter of only 35 centimeters (14 inches).

A member from England gave a Usain Bolt-like salute from the summit while Kalina sat in a reflective position with the palms of his hands confronting skywards.

Faezeh Jalali, wearing a headscarf, spoke to Iran in the rope classification which saw members perform stunts all over a rope that draped 15 feet noticeable all around.

"You feel a genuine accomplishment and you manufacture quality and adaptability. It's stunning what the human body can do," Jalali, 39, told AFP.

Contenders from France, Germany, Malaysia and Vietnam likewise participated.

Deshpande, 65, says Mallakhamb helps individuals rationally too.

"When you perform yoga on the ground you get bunches of advantages - contemplation, breathing, fixation.

"When you perform yoga at eight feet high you get similar advantages, however you additionally build up your certainty, your valor," he tells AFP.

Deshpande sorted out the titles to advance Mallakhamb all around and dreams that one day it will show up at the Asian Games and afterward even the Olympics.

"We need to spread this customary Indian culture abroad," he said