Download: Kabootarbazi: The Love & Passion of Pigeon Keeping in Old Delhi

By Hindustan Times


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Pigeon keeping has a long and rich history in India. It is said that Shahjahan transported the tradition when he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi and built Shahjahanabad, the original name of Old Delhi.

Pigeon became the symbol of the new city. There were pigeon clubs like we have football clubs these days.

The sport continues to flourish and still inspires lyricists to write songs. Like any other sport, pigeon keeping has its own set of rules and hierarchy which the pigeon keepers abide by.

The sport is showcased during Independence day to celebrate the occasion of freedom mixed with culture and tradition.

Video by: Gurinder Osan
Produced by: Manas Gurung
Music by: "Be careful, I've Stood On It Too" by Bitbasic (


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