Tribal villages in India are turning back time and taking up archery training to preserve the sport and to represent India at various levels.
Here is the story of Shiwatrai, a village in Chhattisgarh, which has produced close to 50 national archers and has no plans to stop any time soon.
Shiwatrai, tribal village in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh has alone produced nearly 50 national archers. Both men and women take to the sport at a young age, despite facing the problem of lack of resources. Two more such tribal groups, the Bheels and Bhilalas of Madhya Pradesh have taken it a step further by completely avoiding the usage of their thumbs as a silent protest against Drona and Arjuna and a tribute to Eklavya who cut off his finger for Dronacharya as ‘guru dakshina’. They even take their teer-kamthi to their funeral pyre.
Targeting a sport like no other!