400 bulls to hit the ground running at Periya Suriyur

STAFF REPORTER

With Pongal festival just around the corner, Periya Suriyur village near here is gearing up to host the traditional jallikattu .”

The bull taming event would be held on January 15 at the village where preparatory works are in full swing. The villagers have constituted a committee for the successful conduct of the event .

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With just a week left, registration of bulls was conducted at the village on Tuesday.

As many as 400 bulls would take part in the event this year, said Arumugam, a committee member. Tokens were issued to the owners of the bulls during the day-long registration exercise , he said.

Bulls from Tiruchi, Pudukottai, Madurai, Dindigul, Theni, Salem, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Thanjavur, and Sivaganga districts are expected to participate.

The event to be conducted under the direct supervision of district administration officials would start at 10 a.m. and go on up to 3.30 p.m.

Permission for tamers

Having obtained court order for conducting the event, the committee had sought permission from the district administration for the participation of around 300 bull tamers.

 

Revenue officials on Tuesday inspected the arrangements made for the event.

Another jallikattu would be held on January 16 at Palakurichi.

This news article has been reproduced from ‘The Hindu’ – Tamilnadu (Online) edition.

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Battle lines drawn for jallikattu at Palakurichi

R. RAJARAM

time to see some action:A visitors’ gallery being erected at Palakurichi in Tiruchi district in connection with the jallikattu scheduled for January 16; and the nine-year-old bull, Karuppan, honing his skill for the event. — Photos: A. Muralitharan

time to see some action:A visitors’ gallery being erected at Palakurichi in Tiruchi district in connection with the jallikattu scheduled for January 16; and the nine-year-old bull, Karuppan, honing his skill for the event. — Photos: A. Muralitharan

500 bulls with 200 tamers expected to take part in the event organised by four villages at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh

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Bullocks from Madurai rule the tracks

STAFF REPORTER   Updated: January 6, 2014 12:02 IST

A pair of bullocks from Avaniapuram in Madurai clinched the first prize and a cash award of Rs.25,000 in a ‘rekla’ race held at Ayyampalayam near Batlagundu on Sunday.

Bullock cart rider Sarathi was honoured with one sovereign gold chain. A majority of prizes were garnered by the bullock owners in Madurai district.

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Under big bullock category, Mohansamy of Avaniapuram in Madurai got the first prize. Second prize went to Murugan of Madurai and Premnath of Upparpatti in Theni district got the third prize.

In mid-size bullock category, bullocks owned by Karuppathevar of Markankottai bagged the first prize. The second prize was clinched by Selakariamman of Paravai in Madurai and third prize by Sethu Raj of Madurai.

A total of 200 competitors with twin bullock carts from 10 districts, including Dindigul, Theni, Madurai, Thanjavur and Tirunelveli, lined up on the Dindigul Main Road to take part in the event.

The police closed the main road converting it into a race track.

While the big bullocks had to cover 12 km, the target for medium-size bullocks was seven km.

Former Revenue Minister I. Periasamy honoured the winners with shields, cash awards and mementoes.

This news article has been reproduced from ‘The Hindu’ – Madurai (Online).

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Rooster fights eclipse jallikattu !

Harish Murali,TNN | Jan 6, 2014, 02.56 AM IST

TRICHY: For these roosters, Darwin holds a lesson-survival of the fittest.

At a time when the traditional bull-taming sport of jallikattu is staring at an existential crisis due to a slew of restrictions, several villagers have turned to training roosters and are holding duels, though in a hush-hush manner.

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As permission from courts is mandatory for holding rooster fights, enthusiastic villagers are cautious in responding to demands to hold them.

In several villages across Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Madurai and Karur,rooster fights are big draws. As for jallikattu, the world’s oldest spectator sport, it is set to begin with Pongal, the harvest festival. of Pongal.

Venkatesh R, a big name on Eda Theru near Palakkarai, owns 15 roosters, each one specially bred for duels. “The popularity of the sport in my childhood attracted me to rooster fights,”said Venkatesh, 35. He has been in this business for the past decade and is a roaring envy to his rivals. Not a surprise when rooster cages at his house at Kunjakulai, 10 km from Trichy city, are guarded by dogs and bulls. He was recently robbed by a rival gang, that stole 15 of his roosters were stolen.

Ever in anticipation of a duel, Venkatesh keeps his flock ready, and raring to go at the drop of a hat. The first match of the year will begin in Thanjavur soon. A trainer from Palpannai brings sparring partners for his roosters. The legs of trainee roosters and their partners are tied with a cloth, so that they don’t hurt themselves. Training methods aims to strengthen their legs and boost stamina, the critical mass to completely knock out an opponent. Roosters are also given breathing exercises in water.

A well-trained adult rooster fetches anywhere between Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000. Roosters are initiated into training just a few months after their birth.they are hatched.

Venkatesh’s five-member team will be visiting Thanjavur soon, where the opening duel begins on January 19. There are roughly will be at least 30-40 rooster fights every year, They are conducted by associations or by rooster owners themselves.the team members said.

The mere stature of skillful these skilled roosters and their proud owners in the circuit draws ardent fans to duel venues. “Unfortunately, spectators do not understand the value of these birds. Hence, they are killed for meatThe birds are raised on eggs and meat and are grown in the toughest conditions. They weigh at least five to six kg,” Venkatesh said.

In a typical rooster cock fight, people place bets and the duel usually gets ugly. That’s why rooster fights have earned unbridled criticism from animal lovers, who are seeking a total ban on this much-loved sport.

This is a news article reproduced from ‘The Times of India’, (Trichy – Online).

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