Maninder Singh captures the Halla Mohalla spirit

Maninder Singh Sodhi, a mechanical engineer and photographer from Punjab, is now writing a coffee table titled The Spirit of Hola Mohalla: Legacy of Sikh Warriors. It has taken him 18 years, from 1998 to 2016, to document this beautiful festival. He says the reason for documenting it was the fact that not many people outside the community were aware of it.

The three-day Sikh festival is celebrated annually at Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib Gurudwara in Sri Anandpur Sahib, a holy city in Rupnagar district of Punjab. 

Young men, dressed in dark blue and saffron robes with flowing beards, and conical turbans performdaring feats and martial arts stunts. It has a fascinating display of ancient combat skills like Gatka (in which wooden sticks are used to simulate swords in sparring matches), horsemanship, tent pegging (neza bazi) and drum beating (Nagaras).

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