Bronze 2017 / Editorial / sports

Kushti - Indian Traditional Wrestling

  • Photographer
    Divyakant Solanki
  • Agency / Studio
    European Pressphoto Agency (EP
  • Prizes
    Bronze in Editorial/sports

Wrestlers apply mud to prevent slipping during an Indian traditional wrestling competition also known as Kushti at a wrestling arena popularly known as Akhara during a local competition event in Mumbai, India, 20 March 2016. Kushti is a traditional Indian form of wrestling which usually takes place in a clay or dirt pit also known as Akhara. These traditional and ancient form of sport is slowly losing its shine to modern wrestling but a few dedicated people try to continue to train themselves and keep this culture alive.

Divyakant Solanki (1981 born), photojournalist, working for European Pressphoto Agency (EPA), based in Mumbai, India. He is full time photographer with EPA since 2010 but he was freelancing for them since 2007. Earlier he was with India's well known daily business newspaper Business Standard (in Mumbai 2005 - 2010 and in Ahmedabad 2003-2005). He is in the news field from last 15 years. He mostly covered the news assignment, business, political, entertainment and general news. He is a self-taught photographer, holding diploma certificate in computer engineering from Ahmedabad, Gujarat.