Mallakhamb Act - Pole Gymnastics
Mallakhamb is a traditional Indian sport in which a gymnast performs feats and poses in concert with a vertical wooden pole (made up of deodar or teak wood) or rope.
Mallakhamb derives from the terms “malla” which denotes a wrestler and “khamba” which means a pole. Mallakhamb can therefore be translated to English as "pole gymnastics".
The earliest mention of Mallakhamb can be traced back to the 12th Century where it is mentioned in the classic "MANASOLHAS" (1135 A.D.). For about seven centuries after that, the art form remained dormant until it was given a new lease of life by BALAMBHATTADADA DEODHAR, the renowned teacher of PESHWA BAJIRAO - II during the first half of the 19th century.
Mallakhamb requires extreme core strength, flexibility, power, agility, full body co-ordination, etc. It is considered as one of the toughest discipline as far as a gymnast is considered.
A professional Mallakhamb artist can perform in any function, event, party, etc. and is always ready to accept new challenges!