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Annual ‘Kambala’ (buffalo race) 2014 at Pilikula on December 29 - part of Karavali Utsava

Annual ‘Kambala’ (buffalo race) 2014 at Pilikula on December 29 - part of Karavali Utsava

Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, Nov 05, 2014:  A meeting chaired by B. Ramanath Rai, Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology and District in-charge of Dakshina Kannada here on  November 4, Tuesday decided that  Dr. Shivarama Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama will host this year’s annual ‘Kambala’ (buffalo race) at Pilikula on December 29 during the 12-day Karavali Utsava which will begin from December 20.




K. Abhayachandra Jain, Minister of State for Youth Empowerment, Sports and Fisheries, Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, Ivan D’Souza, MLC, were also a part of this  meeting.

After the Supreme Court banned ‘jallikattu’ (bull fighting) in Tamil Nadu, it was decided to take steps to avoid the same for ‘Kambala’.  The participants will be instructed not to whip the animals.

A member of the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Districts’ Kamabla Committee Jeevandhar Ballal said that the committee will ban both the rider and the owners of the buffaloes, for the next three kambalas, if the rider was found to be torturing the animals.  He added that they had recently organised a ‘kambala’ near Karkala in Udupi district where the animals were made to run without any whips was a success.

K.A. Prabhakara Sharma, Executive Director of the Nisargadhama, said that the ‘kambala’, usually held in Pilikula in February, would be organised during the Karavali Utsava to attract more tourists. The meeting entrusted Ballal to take charge organising the event.

The race will be held in six categories — hagga senior and junior, naegilu senior and junior, kane halage and adda halage.   The prizes for the winners, ‘fair prizes’ will be given to those owners and riders who treat their animals well apart from the normal prizes.

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