Kushti by Douglas Irvine
Publisher: Douglas Irvine
Format: Hardcover in slipcase with signed print
The book is made up of pictures documenting a form of wrestling called Pehlwani or Kushti. It’s been practiced throughout India at traditional wrestling schools known as Akharas since the 16th century. This Akhara was in Varanasi. The city considered to be the spiritual capital of India. This Akhara in particular, like hundreds of others over the past decade, was on the brink of closing down to make way for a modern gymnasium. This in addition to an increase in the consumption of alcohol amongst younger generations in India (which doesn’t sit well with the practice) has resulted in less than a 5th of Indias Akharas still remaining.
The book's publication has come at a time where the photographer has felt that India is in need of support for Covid-19, and as a result all proceeds go to Oxfam India,Indian Red Cross and Mission Oxygen.