19th National Vanavasi Archery Competition

This year All India Archery Competition for Vanvasis will be held in Mumbai from 29 Dec 2016 to 1 Jan 2017. Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, Konkan Prant is ...

This year All India Archery Competition for Vanvasis will be held in Mumbai from 29 Dec 2016 to 1 Jan 2017.
Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, Konkan Prant is proud to host this four days Archery Competition.
Over 350 archers from various states, officials and prominent personalities will be participating in this event.
It is going to be a unique opportunity for all of us, especially all Mumbaikars to witness this competition.

We can also enjoy the Colourful Cultural Programmes which will be held every evening.
Meet, Interact, Understand and Encourage our Vanavasi brethren coming from across the Nation.

The Event details
Venue: Jawahar School Ground, RCF Campus Chembur, Mumbai
Dates: 29 Dec 2016 to 1 Jan 2017


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The History
India, the land of culture and tradition has a history of more than 5000 years. Our traditional sports were intervened with the lives of our ancestors. Each region added its own flavour to this ancient culture. The Vanavasi community is the early practitioners of our traditional sports. Vanavasi, who have been living a harmonious life blended with nature in the remote forest and hills are genetically gifted with physical and intellectual attributes most suitable for sports. Archery being one of them was known as “Dhanurvidya”. Archery competition is not a new phenomenon. We can see innumerable archers in our epics like Shriram, Lakshman, Arjun, Abhimanyu, Ekalavya, Karna and Dorna, etc. Through this competition, the modern day archers will be identified who may set the world records…………

The Excellence

Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram is the only organisation which conducts sports competition exclusively for tribal youths to excel in the field of sports. Many of these tribal youth are now representing India in the international sports events including Olympics. Kalyan Ashram selects the tribal youth from remote villages through our 2233 sportscasters across the country. These youth compete at block, district & state level sports competition and such qualified sportspersons participate at a national level.

Ekalavya Khelkud
Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram started the sports activities for vanvasis in the year 1988.The activity was named Ekalavya Khelkud Project. The first ever National level Games and Sports Competitions exclusively for Vanavasis were held in Mumbai in the same year. 392 Vanavasi sports persons from 15 states participated in this historic event. Since then such event is being organised every four years in various parts of India. The last event was held in 2015 at Ranchi where 2836 sportspersons participated.

Archery Competitions – A Part of Ekalavya Khelkud

Archery is practised by tribal as a way of life. Our culturally rich tribes are the real torch bearers of this ancient art. To bring out these natural skills, Kalyan Ashram Started conducting Archery competitions every year since 1997. Last year these competitions were held in Bengaluru where 262 Archers participated from various states.


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