Mangaluru Kambala on Saturday and Sunday

The fifth annual Mangaluru Kambala will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Goldfinch City grounds in Bangra Kulur.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, Captain Brijesh Chowta, chairman of Rama Lakshmana Joodukare Kambla, said around 150 pairs of buffalo bulls are likely to take part in the event.

“All popular bull pairs will participate,” Capt Chowta said and added, “The bull pairs will be fewer in the Negilu Kiriya event of the competition where only those with a chance of winning will participate.”

The event, he said, usually takes place in November. “Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this is being held for the second consecutive year in March,” he said. No less than 148 pairs of bulls took part in the event held in March 2021.

Vijakumar Kanginamane, former secretary of Kambala Samiti district and adviser to Rama Lakshmana Joodukare Kambla, said that apart from Hagga Hiriya, Hagga Kiriya, there will be Negilu Hiriya, Negilu Kiriya, Adda Halage and Kane Halage events.

“If the owners of Kambala cooperate, we can finish all the events on Sunday at 10 a.m.,” he said. The semi-finals and final heats of the events will begin at around 6 a.m. on Sunday, he added.

Kambala Samiti District Chairman PR Shetty said the last two Kambalas of this season will be held in the first week of April. The Vijaya Vikrama Kambala will be held in Uppinangady on April 2, while the Surya Chandra Kambala will be held in Venur on April 9.

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