EuropeStoryFight clubs; Kushti Wrestling by Erberto Zani

Kolkata, India: Kusthi is an ancient form of wrestling, three thousand years old. Fight clubs are rough, poor, "old school" style without new technologies, just training and sweat. And red arena, of course, because the wrestlers fight on sacred red soil.

Kolkata, India: Kusthi is an ancient form of wrestling, three thousand years old.

Fight clubs are rough, poor, “old school” style without new technologies, just training and sweat. And red arena, of course, because the wrestlers fight on sacred red soil. It’s a hard life: waking up at 3:30 am, six times a week and practicing more than 6 hours every day, these warriors lives together and their only belongings are a blanket, a few items of clothes and some books about the art of Kushti. They life is similar to holy men, like sadhu, infact they are no married and must dedicate the life to practice exercises. [Official Website]
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About Erberto Zani

Erberto Zani (1978) is a photographer and journalist freelance based in Italy. Freelance since 2008, his works of social documentary photographer include reportage from many difficult areas of the world: war for minerals in North Kivu (D.R.Congo), earthquake’s effect in Haiti, landmines in Cambodia, water crises in Burkina Faso, Somali refugee in Nepal, daily life inside the favelas of Medellin (Colombia), miners of coal in Jharkhand and Hindu festival of Maha Kumbh Mela in India, Syrian refugee in Lebanon. Erberto cooperate with several international no profit organizations.

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