Flooring: Mahatma Phule Vyayam Mandir
Chinchpokli (presently N. M. Joshi Marg).
Bombay’s genteel citizenry and the colonial state considered talimkhanas (exercise houses, akhadas) breeding grounds for the city’s roughs and toughs. The state shut down several talimkhanas in the mid 1800’s.
Sorabjee Pestonjee and Framjee Bomanjee, members of the local Dhobi Talao talim and the notorious Dhobi Talao Gang in the 1860’s, were fondly called Sooloo Chicken and Fulloo.
Our new photo contributor Hashim Badani captures members of a contemporary talimkhana in the swing of things.