If you’ve heard of the traditional Indian sport of mallakhamb, it’s likely in relation to its supposed role in the creation of modern pole dancing. But there’s an offshoot of the sport that involves rope tricks rather than pole stands, and it’s quite a sight to behold (see above). While mallakhamb may be little know outside the Subcontinent, it’s apparently making great strides in Germany these days. And why is that? An Indian master endeavors to explain:
“I have coached players in Japan, France, Malaysia and Mauritius but I found Germans most receptive. Their body structure, willingness to learn and fitness gives them an advantage.”
Update Looked like we picked a fortuitous time to talk about this sport. Superstar Shrinivas Havaldar recently launched this site, billed as the first Web destination dedicted exclusively to mallakhamb. Perhaps that’s a bit hyperbolic, but who are we to argue?