India’s rural Olympics: A spectacle of strength, showmanship and many Sikhs

Feb 13, 2012   (10 images)

Jat aggression and Sikh strength were on full display at India's Rural Olympics also called the Kila Raipur Sports Festival. The annual festival which first began in 1933, was held in Ludhiana this year from 9-12 February and what started off as a local festival has transformed into an event attended by over 4,000 sportspersons — which include a sizeable NRI population from Canada, US, UK. If you ever wondered about the famed Punjabi daily diet of several litres of milk, a quarter kg of butter and dollops of desi ghee — the pictures below stand testament to it.



Men play a game of kabaddi at the Kila Raipur Sports Festival, popularly known as 'Rural Olympics', in Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana. AP


A villager balances a plough in his mouth during the rural sports festival. AP


Animals have their share of play too. Dogs participate in a race during the festival, in Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana. AP


In a show of strength, two men lie on the grounds and allow a tractor carrying three adults to pass over them. AP


A villager lifts a bicycle with his teeth as he performs during the rural sports festival, on Saturday. AP


A horse has a field day, as it is made to dance to the rhythm of a drum during the "Indian Rural Olympics". AP


A physically challenged villager displays a feat of strength by stopping two motorbikes with ropes, during the Kila Raipur Sports Festival. AP


Giddy up! Giddy up! A bull jumps over a cot during the sports festival. AP


He's got teeth! An Indian villager pulls a car with his teeth during the "Indian Rural Olympics", in Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana. AP


A Sikh warrior rides on two horses during a rural sports festival, also known as "Indian Rural Olympics". AP