Navi Mumbai has been transformed into a modern city but at its root several sports and traditions practiced today give the people a peek of the rural beginnings of the city. One being the bull-a-cart race. We bring to you glimpses from Kharghar. Morbi village at Kharghar is one of the villages that still practice the tradition of bull-a-cart race. The annual race is a held here for years. This years bulls from Thane district, Raigad district and Kalyan Dombivli villages participated in the race. The number of bulls were as high as 500. Villagers bet the on bulls to the sum of Rs. 2000 to Rs. 75000. Spectators from Navi Mumbai and nearby areas gather at the venue of competition to see the race. Bulls are given a line that they should run on and if they break the line, they loose. Such is the tune up between farmers and their bulls that the later understands the formers’ expectations as he or she makes a run for victory during the race. At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter who won. What matters is that the villagers unite to keep alive their unique and most adventurous traditions. From Kharghar, with cameraperson Dyaneshwar Mali, Archana Tripathi for NMTV News.
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