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Old 19th December 2007, 12:51   #31
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Sorry guys, I couldn't get the Kambala calendar. There is no consolidated calendar, one has to keep watching local newspapers.
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Samura, lovely pics... you seem to be improving with every shoot this way am sure you will say tata to IT and take up photography as your profession

btw the kambala calender would be very helpful....
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Samura, lovely pics... you seem to be improving with every shoot this way am sure you will say tata to IT and take up photography as your profession
Thanks, but check the date of original posting.
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Opps my bad.... anyways nice pics hehe
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Today I went back and PPed one extra action shot.

Kambala: The ancient sport of buffalo racing-315481654_hrzupxl.jpg
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great pics samurai. this happens just after/during the monsoons ?
will there be any in the last week of july? will try to make it.
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No, not during monsoon. The monsoon rains here are too hard for any open event. It is held between December to March.
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No, not during monsoon. The monsoon rains here are too hard for any open event. It is held between December to March.
December is even better
i'll watch this thread. thanks.
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Old 21st June 2008, 10:28   #39
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Hi guys here is a video link of kambala held last year

It is quite a torture for the animals but lot of people seem to be enjoying it


Last edited by Gannu_1 : 22nd January 2017 at 21:13. Reason: Correcting youtube link.
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Old 27th November 2008, 14:54   #40
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The Kambala season has started. November 30th is Kadri Kambala (in Mangalore), and also Manipal Kambala, this is a first.
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sharath infact I checked this thread 2 days back for some info. on Kambala Racing. A few shutterbugs are coming to Mangalore to shoot this event.
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Old 1st December 2008, 08:52   #42
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Yesterday I checked out the Manipal Kambala. This is like a onetime event, held for the first time since the 70s. They dug a local ground and made the twin track for the Kambala.

Kambala is not exactly a photographer friendly sports unless you hook up with the organizer to get perfect vantage points. Unfortunately this event had a separate VIP section which hogged all the best views while having lots of empty seats. Being a non-VIP visitor I didn't get best of angles, but I tried some from the distance, and shot some off-track shots.

I found a hill from where I could get this view.

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Then I zoomed in to see what cops do if you get too close to the action.

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They are ever vigilant.

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I even got the name tag...

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You need lots of patience to watch Kambala since buffaloes take their own time to get ready for the race. Sometimes they jump the gun.

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Then they have to be led back to the starting point.

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Don't think these flags have any special meaning other than making the event every colorful.

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Finally some action.

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After the race...

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After waiting 15 more minutes in vain for the next race, I decided to get down and get a closer view. Once people find a spot, they never budge for the fear of losing the spot.

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Yes, loo-break means you lose the seat or spot. So I tried some shots standing on a chair and over the heads.

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Kambala is a dangerous sport, even for the spectators. Every few minutes, it is normal to see a runaway pair ripping through the crowd. You have to keep your eyes and ears peeled and be quick to get out of the way.

A runaway...

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Watch the brave man blocking the way

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A team waiting for their turn.

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Don't forget this is a sport, the buffaloes and the jockeys are highly trained. Check out the muscles on this guy, move over Salman Khan.

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The buffalo transport.

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Buffalo parking area.

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Before and after the race, the buffaloes were bathing in the lake. Generally, this lake is used only for boating, you can see them in the distance.

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While the event appeared to be well organized, it was irritating to be distracted by various (30 something) VIPs in guise of local politicians, film stars, bureaucrats, etc., appearing at different times and halting the proceedings. The best vantage point for photography was taken by VIP section.

There was also a technical glitch. A team manager told me that the track was laid incorrectly. The inexperienced ground staff had dug the track deep instead of just laying the borders. As a result, the buffaloes and the jockeys were sinking their foot deep into mud and getting stuck. While the smaller buffaloes didnít get affected much, the bigger ones were constantly getting stuck.

As the light started fading, and I packed up the camera and left.
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Good shots samurai
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Thanks Lohit, but I wasn't very happy since I couldn't get any real action shots.

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sharath infact I checked this thread 2 days back for some info. on Kambala Racing. A few shutterbugs are coming to Mangalore to shoot this event.
Say, whatever happened to these folks, did they make it to the Kambala event in Kadri?
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With all the talk about Jallikattu, I decided to bump up this thread after 8 years. This is a traditional sport that was also banned in 2014, and may be it can become legal again.

On a separate note, one image from this old thread has become extremely famous, the pic of the guy with 8 pack abs. I have seen it used and reused in lots of web pages and forums all around the world. Of course, no credits was ever given. Most think the picture is of a construction worker.
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