Udupi: Kori Katta folk sport held during Kaup Maripooja

By Shivakumar Hosangadi
Udupi Today Media Network


Udupi, 29 March 2013: On the occasion of Kaup Maripooja, the Kori Katta (Cock Fight) was conducted with necessary permission on Thursday evening as being conducted every year. Thousands of people participated in this traditional ‘chicken tournament’ and utilizing the opportunity launched their cock for the fight and thus celebrated the Suggi Maripooja in a grand manner, while some people were busy on the secret betting. Also some people just viewed and enjoyed this rare sport.


The Kori Katta took place in the grounds behind Hosa Mari Gudi Temple. But unfortunately the media were not allowed to picture them. Some of the people were good enough to say friendly not to take their photographs, but some picked their cocks and moved away from the camera. Some of them gave a staring hard look, as some of them said, these are my cocks, take as many pictures as you want, they demanded.


Only a few media persons attended this event. Some of the reporters seeing the reaction left without turning on their camera, but some obliged to their web sites / news papers and stood there taking their chances to take photographs. It can be recalled that few months ago a TV reporter was attacked for picturing the Kori Katta near Brahmavara.



Kori Katta (Cock Fight) is a favourite sport of people living in the coastal region of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts. It’s called Kori Katta in Tulu and Koli Pade in Kundapura kannada. It’s a fight between two cocks; they let their cock fight against each other.


This fight is till one cock dies in the fight or wound beyond survival. People usually grow different breeds of cocks just for the purpose of this folk sport, and many are very passionate about the game. Some of the names for the cock usually we call in Cock fight are Bolle, Maipe, Karbolle, Kemmaire, Kadle, Uriye, Kupule and Peradinge.


Peradinge look like Hen instead cock, small in size and very cunning, other cock think its hen and do not start fighting. Perade means Hen in tulu. This sports is usually conducted in the vicinity of temples and still goes on albeit surreptitiously and furtively in many surrounding parts of Udupi. There may be a religious basis for this sport as we can see this being conducted during festival seasons.


Normally it's for the entertainment purpose usually held after some special events such as the on Diwali night, After the Kambala etc. Jathre Katta is observed during town fairs and nithya katta takes place near arrack outlets on a full moon or Amavasye. Under the third type, "Sodthi katta", a dual between two individuals is settled through the cock fight.


The venue of the cock fight is called "kala". People bring their own Cocks and they tie a tiny knife called baal¯to their legs, and then allowed to fight with each other. Process of selecting the pair for fight called as "Jodi Naadunu" is followed by the actual fight "Kori Muttunu".


The fight which does not exceed more than three rounds is decided, when one of the cock runs away or is injured. The winning Cocks owner will get both the cocks in Onti Katta, which will be considered as victory for that evening, and it is called as Anka.


There is a special type of Knock Out fight where they are allowed to fight till one dies. People are so passionate about this folk game is that the venue and dates are decided by a dedicated panchanga for this called as Kukkate Panchanga.


Some people do come there without a fighter cock, and they bet money on the cocks, kind of Gambling. This is normally not the tradition of cock fight, but people added this to have fun and make some money, police often ride such places where gambling happen on these cock fights, but it still persist.


The defeated cock (died or wounded) given to owner of winner cock. Usually Kori sukka and Kori Rotti is made from this Dead cock to celebrate Victory of cock fight. Lots of betting takes place and are full of fun, but betting is illegal.


Kalidas, Pollachi

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Harish P., Udupi

 It is right to call Kori Katta as "Chicken tournament". This is the Tulunadu folk sport.

Wilfred D'Costa, Baikampady

 Nice report with the background of this folk sport.

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