AP PHOTOS: Archery tradition thrives in northeast India | app

SHILLONG, India (AP) — Thirty archers armed with bamboo bows and arrows sit on a platform awaiting instructions. Then they aim for a cylinder of straw from 60 feet away. They each have 34 arrows to shoot in four minutes. They unleash one arrow after another, their moves languid and practiced. The next round of competition soon follows, when archers must shoot 24 arrows in three minutes.

The ancient skill of archery thrives in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya state in northeastern India. Every day, behind a row of liquor stores and next to a car garage, this event takes place except Sundays and holidays.

This page requires JavaScript.

Javascript is required for you to play premium content. Please enable it in your browser settings.

kAmpC496CJ:D A2CE @7 E96 EC25:E:@?2= C:E6D @7 x?5:[email protected] [email protected]=6:? |6892=2J2 H:E9 [email protected]=< E2=6D @7 :ED @C:8:[email protected]=5 [email protected] 86?6C2E:@?D]%96 CF=6D @7 E96 6G6?E 2C6 D6E 3J E96 z92D: w:==D pC496CJ [email protected] x?DE:EFE6]z92D:D[ H:E9 E96 y2:?E:2D 2?5 E96 [email protected][ 2C6 E96 x?5:[email protected] [email protected]=6 @7 E96 DE2E6]k^am

kAm|2E:2D yJCH2[ dg[ FD65 [email protected] H2E49 E96 6G6?E H:E9 9:D 72E96C 2E E96 D2>6 G6?F6 D:?46 96 H2D “ J62CD @=5] w6:D 2 [email protected]:4:6?E 2C496C 2?5 92D E2F89E 9:[email protected][email protected] <66A E96 EC25:E:@? [email protected]:?8]"}@E >[email protected]?8 @?6D 2C6:?E6C6DE65[ 6DA64:2==J [email protected]> E96 4:EJ] qFE:? G:==286D[ :E 😀 DE:== [email protected]=2C 2?5 E92EVD H96C6 >@DE 2C496CD [email protected]>6 [email protected]>[” D2:5 yJCH2[ [email protected] 😀 [email protected] E96 86?6C2= D64C6E2CJ @7 E96 2C496CJ :?DE:EFE6]k^am

kAmx? G:==286D [email protected] E96 DE2E6[ 2 >@C6 EC25:E:@?2= [email protected]> @7 2C496CJ 😀 AC24E:465] %96 2C496CD 92G6 [email protected] 9:E 2 >F49 D>2==6C E2C86E >@F?E65 @? 2 OFF:4< 2?5 2 [email protected]> @7 [email protected] 42==65 “A92H2C” — [email protected] =:?6D [email protected]>[email protected] @? E96 [email protected] — 😀 FD65 [email protected] C2EE=6 @[email protected]?6?ED]k^Am

kAmqFE :E 😀 E96 4FC:@FD >2CC:286 @7 E9:D EC25:E:@?2= 6G6?EH:E9 E96 3FD:?6DD @7 36EE:?8[ 42==65 “%66C[Q E92E 96=AD <66A E96 EC25:E:@? 2=:G6]k^am

[email protected]?D @7 D>2== <:@D@?6J 36E :DD>2==[ E96 =FC6 @7 2 C6H2C5 😀 [email protected]?8 2?5 E96 [email protected]?E6CD D66 [email protected]@5 EC277:4 [email protected]@FE E96 52J]k^am

kAm%96 =2DE [email protected] 5:8:ED @7 E96 C6DF=ED 2C6 5:DA=2J65 :>>65:2E6=J 27E6C E96 6G6?E 6?5D 2?5 [email protected] 2?5 < :@D< >2?286CD H2E49 E96 6G6?E=:[email protected]? *@F%F36]k^Am

kAm%96 [email protected]= z92D: 2>6 [email protected] E96 36EE: 8:D “E:>[Q 56C:G65 [email protected]> E96 t?8=:D9 [email protected] E62>] (96? E96 qC:E:D9 @44FA:65 x?5:2 2?5 925 2 [email protected]?8 AC6D6?46 😕 $9:[email protected]?8[ E96 36EE:?8 H2D [email protected]?6 @? [email protected][email protected] E62>D[ 3FE [email protected]=D 92G6 D:?46 252AE65 E96 :562 [email protected] 36E @? 2C496CJ C6DF=ED]k^am

kAm[email protected]: 8 [email protected] [email protected]= =686?5[ E96 >@DE DF446DD7F= 36EE6CD 2C6 8F:565 3J E96:C 5C62>D H96? [email protected]@D:?8 E96 C:89E[ @C =F4<J[ ?F>36CD [email protected] 36E @?] qFE [email protected]>6 92G6 [email protected] >@C6 >@56C? >[email protected] 96=A 2 36EE6C 564:56 @? 2?F>36C]q2?E6:[ 2 [email protected]?8 >2? 2E @?6 @7 E96 <:@D<D[ @776CD 2? 2AA @? 9:D D>[email protected]?6 [email protected] [email protected]>6CD [email protected] FD6 [email protected] 96=A 7:?5 E96:C =F4<J ?F>36CD 2?5 A=246 36ED]k^am

Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Comments are closed.