Akhadas (Gym,vya yam shala) have been an integral part of the Indian subcontinent for centuries. Housing and training aspiring wrestlers, these institutes have been primarily known for accepting only boys and men.While wrestling remains a ‘men only’ sport in India, one akhada in Varanasi is rising against the tide by opening its doors for women.
Swaminath Akhada at Tulsi Ghat stood witness to exceptional skills with wrestlers pinning each other down on the soil turfs in the dangal. proving cynics and haters wrong about the fact that women can’t wrestle.But it looks like the Aamir Khan-starrer hasn’t just inspired the akhada ,scores of young girls across Uttar Pradesh have taken up wrestling after the release of the film dangal, dozen girls across the neighbouring districts in the state took part in the contest, putting Varanasi on the national pedestal for the historical feat.
With three rounds of matches and elimination at each round, the dangal culminated with four girls being declared winners by Sankatmochan Foundation.