Madu Festival at Allanganallur follows Poongal, the festival of the harvest.
The harvest is not possible without the use of bulls, so they are celebrated here in challenge with the farmers ... who can catch the bull ?
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huahoa (3695) 2006-01-16 10:36
Very spectacular picture, colors are beautiful.
I like all traditions from different countries.
thanks for sharing
Yorkie (138) 2006-01-16 10:45
A good action shot, very well captured.
I love the expressions on the faces of the crowd.
Christopherfry (104) 2006-01-16 10:54
Great action shot. I like the way you managed to show the movement of the bull's foot. well done.
atus (15838) 2006-01-16 11:03
What a dramatic action shot.Good colours and sharpness.
I hope the farmer wasn't injured seriously.
faubry (35405) 2006-01-16 11:21
hello Anand, tu étais avec Oochapan? même style d'image aujourd hui!! très impressionnat , même dangeureux pour els hommes, je n' aimerais apos être à leur place!!
shirgold (2481) 2006-01-16 11:46
Great capture with fantastic dynamics and people expressions.
Great work - right place right time.
TFS - shir
saamb (1008) 2006-01-16 13:59
you capture a excellent moment in this festival. affright looks, faces, hands and a wroth bull. very well
nethrafotos (376) 2006-01-16 15:05
Well captured photograph, Anand.
I am pasting the news report from Press Trust of India (PTI).
2 dead, 250 injured in bull-fighting incident
Press Trust of India
Alanganallur (Madurai), January 16, 2006
Two persons were killed and over 250 injured on Monday at Jallikattu, an ancient form of bull-fighting. The event was organised to celebrate Pongal.
Though the police had made elaborate arrangements at the venue, they had a tough time controlling more than one lakh people who had gathered to witness the event.
There were about 300 bulls from different parts of Tamil Nadu at Jallikattu.
It is an event wherein the participant holds onto the hump of the bull for a certain distance and one who travels longest is declared the winner. The prize money or articles carried by the bull is given to him.
Tourists from Japan, USA, the UK, France and Switzerland were accommodated in special galleries. Most of them described what they saw as 'hair raising' and fantastic. It was all the more exciting as the participants did not wear any safety equipment to protect themselves, they said.
ksoloduc (324) 2006-01-16 16:15
incredible shot, there's so much movement and dynamic in it, also looks like there;s some drma too it.
markoci (3927) 2006-01-16 17:50
what a feast. two in one day of this interesting festival! looks like a fair fight, hope the fallen guy was ok. how long does this event last? i must visit some day.
incredible action shot this one, anything but daily life :-) well done.
arnabchat (7233) 2006-01-17 0:18
just seen Henk's post. this one is really good too. superb capture.
thaprem (2554) 2006-01-17 0:40
Straight from Horses mouth!...
I guess you had a fantastic time...
Imam`s note fills in all that Action on the shot!..
Wonderfully Cropped & Well Positioned.
Colours:8; Compo:9; details:8; Note:8; POV:9; Clarity:8; Light:7
Rated for maximum of 10.
sathiyan (206) 2006-01-17 3:48
Great action, well taken.
what happened to that help less man.
Good start. after long gap.
keribar (43841) 2006-01-25 3:46
A great great catch on this Madu Festival. These good pictures give me some great excitement about visiting Tamil Nadu: Could let me know when the Madu festival takes place in 2007 ?
Many thanks for sharing this good shot with us.
jmdaoudal (82) 2006-01-25 11:36
Ok I thought this kind of shots where exclusivity for Henk :-))
You have caught a very good moment and the quality is good.
eleparc (24063) 2006-01-26 11:04
this is a beautiful photo! full of action and it is indeed teaching me something about this part of india;-) thanks
postvikram (1199) 2006-01-30 10:12
romba arumayaana photo.Andha aalukku enna aaacchu? Andha maadukku enna aachu? Sila samayangalil enakku maatukku dhaan support pannanumnu thonum.. how about you? -thanks for sharing - Vikram
aoide (77) 2006-02-01 8:05
excellent timing. It is so amazing a picture. And inspite of the tension and movement visible in the entire picture there is very little blurring. keep it up.
Salil_B (737) 2006-02-24 10:07
A great action image. You have taken it very well too. Enviable sharpness for an image of this kind. The composition has also turned out to be near perfect. Quite expertly done.
apache (1426) 2006-02-28 9:08
Arumayane padam. Nalla pidichirukeenge. Very nice action shot.
ROmba nalla irukku. Eppadi irukeenge?
mariyamman (14) 2006-03-03 13:42
Naan yeppothume maattukku support kodukkamaatten! Yen vaazhkaiyil avai periya /nuisance/ thaan! The picture, though, is great. You caught it at a sariyaana neram; love the bull's leg heading to/away from the fallen veeran's side!
nivas37 (662) 2006-03-10 14:05
Wonderful work... i carefully looked at the expressions on each man's face... and it says it all!!!
lukas (2067) 2006-03-13 10:33
Another marvelous picture. Lifely and expressive!
kajspice (4542) 2006-03-18 19:33
This is testosterone gone mad!
All that red-blooded male enegry flying around...just love it!
I never see any women in these pictures...I realise that they do not take part (in their saris and all!), but do they observe along the sidelines at least?
prumod (8300) 2007-04-15 13:05
excellent skill you've shoen here!
it's liveness is at top level, movements are captured well with nice color balance and exposure...
miscaro (236) 2008-03-11 3:21
that spectacular photo. in the certain height.
batalay (35369) 2009-03-01 21:43
This is an astonishing action shot, with superb composition, colors and resolution. Although you posted it three years ago, I just came by it in the random order in which you selected the photos on your Intro page.
kmangwani (338) 2010-03-21 21:30
Very expressive frame and a decisive moment of capture.. the rage in the bull's eye is indicative of the unfolding drama. The question: what happened next?
Miguel82 (22877) 2011-12-16 4:51
Hi amazing picture congratulations anand