Kambala draws huge crowd

Kesaru gadde ota, hagga jaggata, tappangai too enthral public

Kambala draws huge crowd

A rider in action at Kadri Kambala on Sunday. DH photo by Chandrahas Kotekar

The day-long event commenced in the early morning with Kadri Yogishwara Mutt Mahantharasa Sandhyanath performing pooja to the Kambala field. Though several traditional competitions, typical of Tulunadu, were held throughout the day, Kambala (buffalo race) was the centre of attraction. Two tracks, Matsyendranatha and Gorakshanatha, had been readied for the buffalo race. There were three categories, namely, hagga hiriya (senior), hagga kiriya (junior) and kanehalage. While the first two categories were decided on the basis of the age of the buffalos, the last one was a separate division, where buffalos were chased by a man who stood on a wooden plate, connected to the plough.  The entire audience appeared thrilled, while the water-mixed mud sprinkled across the field giving a new colour to the special evening.

Earlier to this, traditional games namely kesaru gadde ota (mud race), hagga jaggata (tug-of-war), berichend and tappangai were held in different categories.  The competitions of the day began with Karntaka Bank Chairman P Jayaram Bhat inaugurating the ‘kesarugadde ota’.  Kambala was inaugurated by Kannada Sahitya Parishat former president Harikrishna Punaroor.

In his address, District-in-Charge Minister J Krishna Palemar said he would discuss with the district administration on making official provisions to conduct ‘koli-anka’ (cock-fight), a traditional game of Tuluvas.

MLA U T Khader, Zilla Panchayat President Santhosh Kumar Bhandary, entrepreneurs A J Shetty, Sadanand Shetty, Dinakar Bhat, Chandrahas Shetty and others were present.
During a function held in the evening, Kadri Kambala Guttu Balakrishna Shetty Memorial Award was presented to Vishwanath Kadri Kambala along with a gold medal.

Results

Kambala: Kanehalage category - Special prizes to Gurupura Kedubari Guruvappa Poojary, Permude Parlaguttu Bhujanga Shetty and Naryaguttu Kulattabail Santhosh Kumar; Hagga hiriya- Puttigeguttu Kolekadi Seetharam Shetty and Morla Sudhakar Alva; Hagga kiriya- Phajeerguttu Bhavishya Bharathraj Shetty.

Kesarugadde Ota: Men: Junior - Manish, Akshay and Raghuveer; Senior - Shailesh, Harshith and Sharath; Open - Ranjith Kumar, Umesh Uppinangady and Ganesh Jogi; Above 50 years - Abdul Hameed Manjeshwar; Women: Junior - Dakshayini, Sneha, Thanvi; Senior - Rajeshwari, Gayathri Vitla and Swathi; Open - Rajeshwari, Gayathri Vitla and Swathi; Above 40 years - Surekha Kumpala.

Tug-of-war: Men: New Janatha Games Babugudde and Hindu Jana Kalyana Parishat Vamanjoor; Women - New Janatha Games Babugudde, Sri Krishna Mahila Mandala Kumpala. Thappangayi: Devaraj Shimoga and Sathwik Kadri Kambala; Berichend: Vikhyath Kadri.

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