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Buffalo sprint attracts 100 teams

Staff Correspondent

The event began with the trial runs in “Negilu” section


Two racing tracks barricaded with platforms

‘Kanalige' section was the highlight of the show


— PHOTO: R. ESWARRAJ

MAKING A SPLASH:Dirt track buffalo race at the Nethravathi-Phalguni Jodukere Kambala at Pilikula organised by Pilikula Niasargadhama Society and Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Zilla Kambala Samiti at Moodeshedde on Saturday. j

MANGALORE: The scene was similar to horse racing, albeit without betting, many would have said so on witnessing kambala for the first time. While spectators were cheering the bull-buffalos and their riders, the owners of the animals were concerned or confident of the ability of their team to win the races.

The fourth edition of the two-day Netravati-Phalguni Kambala had a colourful beginning on Saturday at the Pilikula Nisargadhama.

Kambala is a popular post harvest race held in the marshy fields or river beds for a specified distance. in Dakshina Kannada district.

This kambala, organised by the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi District Kambala Samiti at the Pilikula Nisargadhama, bears the name of two rivers which are the lifeline of the districts.

At heritage village

The kambala was held at the serene 134-metre long field “Bakimaru Gadde”, which is a part of the Nisargadhama's Heritage village. The field located in front of the traditional house “Guttina Mane” was spruced up for the occasion. The two racing tracks were barricaded and platforms created for spectators to have an unhindered view of the races. Among those who enjoyed included the Russian couple – Freddy and Lita, who are preparing a documentary on the State.

More than 100 teams from different parts of the two districts participated in the event. Among them were teams from families of Moodbidri Karinje, Kolachuru Boladagutte Satish Shetty and Iruvailu Kempugudde Gulabi Chandru Poojary, who have been toppers in the kambalas.

The event began with the trial runs in “Negilu” section, where the rider runs along with the buffalos holding the plough.

This was followed by runs with the races where the buffalos are tied by rope and also the “Halige” section where the rider stands on a wooden plank.

The event's highlight was the “Kanalige” section. Here the rider has to press the wooden plank and make splash water touch the banner tied about 7 feet from the ground.

The event was inaugurated by MLA Abhayachandra Jain.

Inspector-General of Police (Western Range) Alok Mohan and J.R. Lobo, Executive Director, Pilikula Nisargadhama, were among those who participated in the function.

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