From wikipedia: Mallakhamb or Malkhamb is a traditional Indian sport in which a gymnast performs feats and poses in concert with a vertical wooden pole or rope. Mallakhamb also refers to the pole used in the sport. The word "Mallakhamb" is composed of malla which denotes a gymnast or a man of strength and khamb which means a pole. Mallakhamb can therefore be translated to English as pole gymnastics. Read more from here.
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Indian Army's Valiant Maratha Light Infantry soldiers display their malkhamb skills for the three-day "Know Your Army" exhibition in Ahmedabad on March 14, 2011. Western India's Chief Minister - Narendra Modi inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of General Officer Commanding (GOC) Major General I.S. Singha of the Golden Katar Division.