Maramadi (Ox race) is an agricultural festival of Kerala which takes place during the harvest season. It is a race between several pairs of oxen, where each pair is controlled by three men and is held in freshly ploughed paddy fields.
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Wow, fabulous action shot.
That is fantastic. Not only because I love the subject (agriculture/food) but also the action. When is this festival on?
Looks like fun. >KB
Beautiful…… !! Great Culture !! But my mind goes out for the Oxes though !!
great image Joshi
Lovely action capture
Wow… just fantastic
Tremendous tension in this image. Beautiful color and movement. Really superb, Joshi.
Superb capture… what action..
oh!! That was fab! Though I would not endorse this game, but I liked the capture :-)
Did you shoot this race in the same place in Kerala as the race you shot last year?
Very interresting subject and picture.
Very well captured – very interesting… :-)
Awesome picture ! fabulous work, men and animals together :)
So you were there, Joshi?
I think a journalist/photographer from our largest paper was also there?
There was a dozen pictures from this race in Norwagian papers only a couple of weeks back, but I think they referred to a race somewhere in Indonesia. I think I would have remembered if they had written Kerala since I have been to Kerala at least a dozen times. But the surroundings seems to be exactly the same.
I actually found the link one more time:
The head gear seems a bit different, but the oxen, the place and the happening looks identical, but perhaps there are suche races held all over the region?
It’s a really nice picture… but if tradition still hurt animals… I don’t approve! Since I wasn’t there, I’m not able to judge…
Lovely shot. Can almost feel the pulsating movement of the men and animals. Thanks for the write up about the sport. First time I am hearing of it. Are you familiar with the jallikattu of Tamil Nadu? Jallikattu is a sport involving oxen and men too..
Interesting and a great shot, Joshi! : )
This is so detailed capture Joshi..: :D
Great shots! :) Learnt of the term ‘Maramadi’ thanks to you!
That is a really good photo! I hope they are treating this working animals well, as I guess they do.
Amazing pic Joshi !!
lovely frozen motion :)
Very nice click.
Thanks for sharing.
Great action & mouvement shot!
A very dynamic shot.
Excellent shot, and I though we had fun with rodeos here..:-)
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Nice photograph JD, had been to one in Kerala the original looked rather spooky than the peaceful pic you have snapped
I can sense the tension here, both on the faces of the men and the oxen. :)
Great action shot!
A great shot full of energy and action.
So glad you offered comment to go with this excellent action shot! I’d be face down in that freshly ploughed field!
Wow !! Really loved the beatifully captured action
Amazig! Beautiful click, Daniel!:)
Wonderful capture, always a pleasure to view your photography.
Excellent! I love the dynamic in this shot with the water spray in the air.
whoa! stunning shot!
Terrific capture of the action.
Would love to be at one of these races. Love to get a few photos myself – thanks for sharing.
Wow! This is a great image!!
Joshi, how thrilling for you to be in this position and to get such a wonderful shot!
It seems that events involving men and animals either working with or competing against each other occur everywhere in the world. It’s always impressive to see the strength of the animals and the competitive nature of mankind. Your photo is a great study of this type of event and of the relationship to men to animals. Nice work, Joshi!
Love the action – fine image.
Fantastic shot! The action captured is incredible.
The photo is fabulous, Joshi, as is the rest of your work. I was glad to learn more about your tradition this time of year.
Amazing shot !
If I am not mistaken, I think there is a similar festival held in Bali too.
Happy Deevali if you are celebrating.
Very best regards,
Great action shot :D
Finally, you managed to capture this. :)
Wow, this is an amazing shot !
Fantastic action shot! Love it :)
And I thought I had heard of everything! How fun that would be to watch, Joshi.
You have such clarity in your photos!
Superb. Exotic photo.
Great treatment for the subject. Love the richness of color and shadows.
Great action shot Joshi
Very nice action shot…loved it.
Oh, those poor oxen…making them to run all shackled up and in muddy water too…those pesky humans should have the same done to them! LOL. Good capture, joshi. :)
wow… super shot.. loved the stand still reflections in the water too!! :)
Interesting capture. Your picture triggered the nostalgic memories of childhood. Kerala, miss you so much.
Fantastic shot!!! You can practically here the shouting and smell those Oxes. :-)
amazing shot :))
Great energy and movement.
Wonderful action capture, thanks.
this sure is epic, must be really hard participating in this..
Love it..great capture joshi!
Stunning capture as always Joshi!
Fantastic shot … you captured the movement of the oxen. I’m sure the men are required and need to have great strength.
Fabuleuse photo en pleine action. Bon dimanche ;)
super action shot, Joshi!
Just stunning ! Great action and shot !
wow …. what a shot!
Beautiful photography blog!
Now that is hard work! Great shot!
Wow really beautiful moment, beautiful shot.
Wow..did not know about it..so who wins the ox or the men?