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Handi contest on Aug. 18

More women are expected to be seen in action during dahi handi celebrations to mark Lord Krishna’s birth in the state capital this year.

Krishna Janmatsav Committee will host the popular event called “Dahi handi fod” at Albert Ekka Chowk in the evening of August 18, a day after Janmashtami, to give a fair chance to women participants who otherwise remain tied up with puja at home.

“Usually, dahi handi fod competitions are held on Janmashtami. But many people, especially women, fast on Janmashtami and hence, cannot come to witness the event in which groups form human pyramids to break hanging pots filled with curds, let alone participate in it. Hence, we have decided to host the celebrations the next day,” explained committee president Sanjay Seth at a news conference on Tuesday.

Committee patron Ajay Maroo and general secretary Mukesh Kabra were present.

For the men’s event, the handi will be hung at 30 feet from the ground while for women, the height will be reduced to 15 feet. The contests will start at 6pm.

The winning men’s team will pocket a cash award of Rs 71,000 and the women Rs 21,000, Seth added.

A cultural programme featuring Bipul Nayak and trosupe will be also held.