There are several kinds of Mallakhamb – rope Mallakhamb, pole Mallakhamb and hanging Mallakhamb. Each form involves a gymnast performing contortions and poses with a vertical wooden pole or a rope. Although the sport involves a variety of skills and incredible strength, not unlike gymnastics itself, it has been largely ignored in India.
In order to ensure it survives and flourishes, Mallakhamb fans have come together to help popularise the sport.
One such group is Mallakhamb India, whose members can be seen performing different aspects of Mallakhamb in the video below: