The Living Culture of Delhi - Akhada
The purpose of my study is to gather different information about the living tradition of AKHADA which is still prevalent in many parts of Delhi. In a competitive India, where everyone is channeling towards education, job, corporate, money and power and a majority of the section are quitting ancestral livelihood, talent and indigenous art, why anyone wants to join akhada?
There are two purposes that an akhada serves as a wrestling gymnasium and as an ascetic monastery. I want to know about these akhadas and the different forms of kushti. I wanted to explore this kind of art form which is still important to our culture. Many people are not aware about this kind of art form because of the backwardness of this tradition. People should be aware about these kinds of cultures. In the last decade, Delhi has become a center of excellence for akhadas. There are a lot of villages in Delhi which became the center of attraction for these akhadas. Wrestling was now shown in many Bollywood pictures which is also beneficial for this profession. The upcoming movies like Sultan and Dangal are based on the traditional wrestling.
Week 1 Gathering information about the different Akhadas in Delhi. Data regarding the number of Akhada’s. Information about the history of wrestling in India.
Week 2 Interview of wrestlers at Chandgi Ram Akhada.
Week 3 Interview of wrestlers at Guru Hanuman Akhada.
Week 4 Interview of male and female wrestlers at Prem Nath Akhada.
Week 5 Interview of wrestlers at guru Jasram Akhada.
Week 6 Combining all the information and make a report.