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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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Motorcycle for ‘man of the match’ at Alanganallur ‘jallikattu’

MOHAMED IMRANULLAH S.

Workers cleaning foreign tourists’ gallery for ‘jallikattu’ at Alanganallur<br /><br /><br /><br />
near Madurai on Saturday. Photo: S.James
Workers cleaning foreign tourists’ gallery for ‘jallikattu’ at Alanganallur near Madurai on Saturday. Photo: S.James

‘Bull of the match’ will also be honoured, says organising committee chairman

The organisers of ‘jallikattu’ (bull taming sport) at Alanganallur near here plan to give away two motorcycles — under the categories of ‘man of the match’ to be awarded to the best bull tamer and ‘bull of the match’ to be awarded to the owner of the best bull — during the event scheduled for January 16.

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V. Balaji, chairman of the organising committee, said that that these titles were being introduced for the first time this year.

A host of prizes including LCD television sets, washing machines, induction stoves, dressing tables, sofas, gold and silver coins and vessels would be distributed.

He said registration of bulls would begin on Monday and close by Thursday. The organisers were expecting 600 bulls as against 497 registered last year.

The tamers can register themselves on January 10 and 11. Asked if the organising committee would be able to accommodate 600 bulls between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., the time stipulated by the district administration, Mr. Balaji said: “That is why, we are introducing token system this year. Every bull would be given a number and it will enter the arena as and when the numbers are called out. It would speed up the process.”

He said that the organisers were very particular in conducting the event in a safe as well as enjoyable manner by following the norms.

This is a news article reproduced from ‘The Hindu’ – Madurai (Online) – Updated: January 5, 2014 10:47 IST  

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Notify jallikattu as State sport

Tamizhar Jallikattu Bulls Owners’ Welfare Forum members assembling at the Tiruchi Collectorate on Monday for pressing their nine-point charter of demands. Photo: G. Gnanavelmurugan
Photo: G. Gnanavelmurugan 
Tamizhar Jallikattu Bulls Owners’ Welfare Forum members assembling at the Tiruchi Collectorate on Monday for pressing their nine-point charter of demands.

M. BALAGANESSIN
National – Tamilnadu
TIRUCHI, December 17, 2013   Updated: December 17, 2013 10:00 IST

Members of the Tamizhar Jallikattu Bulls Owners’ Welfare Forum urged the State government to restore the annual bull taming show, which, they said, was a martial art form, not only in the larger interest of the villagers, but also for preserving the Tamil culture and civilisation.

Led by N. Baskar, State president of the forum, they came to the Collectorate, and raised slogans in support of their nine-point charter of demands.

Mr. Baskar said jallikattu was organised in villages from Pongal festival till Aadi pooram.

The State government should extend police protection for the event in all villages. He said the conditions and restrictions (stipulated by the Supreme Court) should be revoked and the government should restore the original practice, which was in vogue till a decade ago.

They even demanded that the government allot special funds for this martial art which reflected the Tamil culture.

The Sports Development Authority should notify jallikattu as a State sport.

This news article has been reproduced from The Hindu (Online)
The original can be aceessed at : http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/notify-jallikattu-as-state-sport/article5466900.ece