2016 / Events / Sport

Malla Yuddha the ancient indian wrestling

  • Photographer
    Emiliano Pinnizzotto
  • Agency / Studio

The fighting, body to body, that unites taken, throws, levers and which is intended to subdue the opponent on the ground has very ancient origin. The term “wrestling” derives from the Old English: wræstlunge,(Gym) but is often called Greco-Roman fight. Leggendare are the fights that are narrated in the history and mythology, details of wrestling scenes are found in caves dating 15,000 B.C. also in wall paintings in Egyptian and Babylonians tombs; They are narrated by Homer during the Trojan War in the Iliad, in the ancient Indian Mahabharata and in the Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh. In many parts of the world is possible to find variations of style of wrestling, in India the traditional wrestling called pehlwani and in its more traditional pure style: Malla-Yuddha. (from sanskrit Malla: athlete and Yuddha: Battle, fight, war) The Guru Hanuman Akhara is one of the most important centers for the training of champions in this discipline and is named by the great international champion and coach "Guru" Vijay Pal, 1901 known as Guru Hanuman. Now workouts and training are leading by another great master: Maha Singh Rao. Athletes train in a center without comfort, in conditions very distant from our own modern western gym that bring out Olympic champions. The strenuous physical exercise, with outdated equipment and means that seem to us far away, strengthen the wrestlers, who are preparing to fight in a ring of clay,(arena or Akhara) wearing only a loincloth. The wrestlers begin each session by flattening the floor of the ring, an act that is both resistance training and an exercise in self-discipline and concentration, but like everything in India is a gesture full of sacredness and respect. Prepared the arena is turned on the 'incense and blessed and purified the field by offering prayers to the patron deity of the gym, usually Hanuman (the Monkey God warrior of the Ramayana) and Guru. Start at this point a grueling fight melee in the clay, with outlets and levers the two bodies becoming one, hair and sweaty bodies are covered with clay, almost to not make them see and breathe, muscle tension It is an extreme limit and the meeting goes on till the complete submission of the opponent. This fight is probably, in all its variants, the most 'ancient method of unarmed combat used by humans. In this way, in times that over have ended wars, it established the supremacy and decided the fates of entire peoples; when the battles were too long and no winners, they were left to challenge two valiant men, alone, unarmed and entered in the space of land that separated the two armies, who silently stopped to watch the progress of history.

I was born in Rome on 25 June 1983. I started to taking pictures since as a child. Through the years i began to direct my passion toward photo-reportage especially in social, anthropology, and travel photography. i really like to tell with the images the traditional and spiritual aspect of different people and cultures that i meet in journey. I always use the natural light present in the place I exposed my images in in various italian city and abroad I have published my images in several newspaper and magazine in italy, and some images in Photographic Book edited by Graffiti Press Agency.