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22-01-1994 oochappan


Taming the bull

The crowd is shouting encouraging that brave man who is trying to tame the bull by catching him on
his shoulder and to hold on as long as possible. The bull is totally desorientated and tries to
find the exit as he has to run between the living hedge of ecstatic man hitting his bump and all
man and animal adrenaline is rising , everybody is trapped in that exciting feeling to throw
himself at this furious animal to challenge all danger.

That's the feeling you catch as a consuming fire to all spectators near or far away, all engaged to
that dangerous game, finally you need to shout it out, with all the people all around. Really crazy
to watch this most exciting game, all for the honour to win a T-shirt as a jury qualifies the winnars.

" PUDUKOTTAI, FEB. 24. One person was gored to death and 30 others were injured while they
attempted to tame the bulls at a `jallikattu' at Tiruvapur village near here today......" ,
... how many people are killed daily on the roads due to the 'jallikattu' of bus- and lorry
drivers, was not mentioned here.

I had to take this shot almost blindly, holding up the camera high above my head to avoid too much obstacles.
I like to thank all for your enthousiastic respons hoping to bring you a tiny bit of Tamil popular Jallikattu here. Nandri.

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comment | share 04-Sep-2010 02:38
great catch of the moments
Raf09-Mar-2008 21:15
A great and very intense and expressive action shot. Awesome. Big Vote!
Kelly Clark Moncure09-Feb-2008 16:17
I agree with Andrew...bloody great shot!
Andrew Bott18-Jun-2007 13:02
bloody great shot
Julie Aucoin01-Jun-2007 20:14
Such intensity! Great composition. v.
Bill Warren17-Apr-2007 03:50
such focused energy. V
regi olbrechts12-Feb-2007 16:02
super shot! absolutely. TOP-class in my opinion. Bravo! VOTE!
Vipin Mayer18-Feb-2006 00:27
excellent shot, never seen it in real but hear it´s so exiting, your pics shows it all.
Bruce03-Sep-2005 17:17
Amazing image...
it has so many places of interest.
Very exciting indeed.
Phil Douglis12-Apr-2005 21:19
A brilliant image, Henk -- a powerful statement of human values: fear, bravado, arrogance, and the smug folly of seeking safety in masses.
Guest 30-Mar-2005 18:47
Mmm... It happens. Voted.
Dennis Steinauer16-Dec-2004 15:08
Great shot -- cruel "sport".
Kenneth Zimmerman16-Dec-2004 14:52
To each his own, but to me this is very foolish.
Great shot, lots of energy.
Eduardo Torres16-Dec-2004 14:47
great shot voted
Guest 16-Dec-2004 14:29
Good Shot
Gary Blanchette16-Dec-2004 14:02
I have one word for this....... PANDEMONIUM! :-D
Niall O'Shea16-Dec-2004 13:47