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Mr. India 2014

Posted in Contests on May 27, 2014 by takeupsculpting
Mahendra Pagade of Maharashtra won the overall ‘Champion of Champions’ title.

Mahendra Pagade of Maharashtra won the overall ‘Champion of Champions’ title.

The 54th Senior National and 9th women’s fitness championship was conducted at Aurangabad, Maharashtra, on May 21, 222 and 23, 2014. It was held under the aegis of the Indian Body Building and Fitness Federation affiliated to the Interenational Federation of Body Building and Fitness.

Mahendra Pagade of Maharashtra won the overall ‘Champion of Champions’ title. Manoj Kumar representing Gorkhaland won the best poser award. Prahlad of Delhi won the ‘Most improved body builder’ award.

Vinay Kumar  who won the 100+ category

Vinay Kumar who won the 100+ category

The Team Championship trophy went to Delhi and runner-up trophy went to Maharashtra.

Kamalika Mukherjee of West Bengal won the Miss India Champion of Champions trophy.

I take pride in saying that champions from my State such as M. Ramamurthy,  M. Kandhan, N. Shankar and P. Parsuraman won high places. Here is the list of champions who placed in the Top 5.


1 Manoj Kumar Gorkhaland

2 S.Sonu Delhi

3 M.Ramanurthy Tamilnadu

4 Vijay Shinde Maharashtra

5 Suraj Moon Pariya Punjab

60 Kg

1 Sumit Kumar Delhi

2 Raj Kanojia Delhi

3 Mohd.Irshad Utter Pradesh

4 Ganesh Karnataka

5 Kailash Telange Maharashtra


1 Avin Haryana

2 Krishan Kumar Utter Pradesh

3 Ravi Kumar Punjab

4 Ranjit Shinde Maharashtra

5 Sandeep Jammu Kashmir

70 Kg

1 Deepak Delhi

2 Hira Lal Punjab

3 Ganesh Dusariya Maharashtra

4 Sandeep Mohd. Delhi

5 Vijay More Maharashtra

75 Kg

1 Shivshankar Karnataka

2 Amit Gupta Delhi

3 M. Kandhan Tamil Nadu

4 Ajinkya Redekar Maharashtra

5 Raju Bhadale Maharashtra

80 Kg

1 Pralhad Delhi

2 Imtiyaz Shaikh Maharashtra

3 Pushpinder Jammu Kashmir

4 Nilkanth Patil Maharashtra

5 Vitendar Maharashtra

85 Kg

1 Aneesh Raj.s Kerla

2 Harpreet Singh Punjab

3 Varun juneja Delhi

4 Praveen Tomar Utter Pradesh

5 Ajay Dedha Delhi

90 Kg

1 Kiran N. Dabhi Gujrat

2 Devendra Bhoir Maharashtra

3 N. Shankar Tamil Nadu

4 Pawan Kumar Maharashtra

5 P. Parsuraman Tamil Nadu

100 Kg

1 Mahendra Pagade Maharashtra

2 Sachin Galande Maharashtra

3 Anuj Kumar Karnataka

4 Punit Sandhu Punjab

5 Praveen Kumar Haryana

Above 100 Kg

1 Vinay Delhi

2 Ashutosh Pandey Haryana

3 Rajanikant Parmar Gujrat

4 Ganesh Shendge Maharashtra

5 Siddharth Choudhari Gujrat

Women’s championship


1 Diprina Bhatacharyya West Bengal

2 Sumidas West Bengal

3 Savitry Utter Pradesh

4 Durga Jadhav Maharashtra

5 Rakhi Podder West Bengal

Above 163cm

1 Kamalika Mukherjee West Bengal

2 Mouna Karmakar West Bengal

3 Surva Munda West Bengal

4 Poonam Sutar Maharashtra

5 Sudipa Patra West Bengal

-          C. Lakshmi Kumar

(Pics courtesy Facebook and friends)

Mr. India 2014

Posted in Contests on March 27, 2014 by takeupsculpting

Murli Kumar of the Indian Navy won the overall ‘Champion of Champions’ title at the Mr. India 2014 conducted at Balewadi, Pune in Maharashtra.

'Champion of Champions' - the incredible Murli Kumar of Indian Navy

‘Champion of Champions’ – the incredible Murli Kumar of Indian Navy

The competition was conducted under the aegis of Indian Body Builders’ Federation.

As an ardent fan of bodybuilding, I congratulate all the participants and convey my regards and respects to every single official and organizer who made this event a grand success.

Hari Babu was in tremendous shape

Hari Babu was in tremendous shape

The most improved bodybuilder award went to Maharashtra’s Sawpnil Narwadkar.

Indian Railways bagged the Team Championship award.

Here is how the top 5 competitors finished in each weight class.


JJ Chakraborty ( RAILWAYS )

Arundas  CV ( INDIAN NAVY )

Sunil Sakpal ( MAHARASHTRA )

Vinod Metri ( KARNATAKA )

Vipan Kumar ( PUNJAB )


The most improved bodybuilder award went to Maharashtra’s Sawpnil Narwadkar (middle)

The most improved bodybuilder award went to Maharashtra’s Sawpnil Narwadkar (middle)


Swapnil Narwadkar ( MAHARASHTRA )

K. Hari Babu ( RAILWAYS )

Anoop Raju ( RAILWAYS )

Indranil Meiti ( WEST BENGAL )

Vikram Giri ( UTTARAKHAND )



S Jeyakumar ( TAMILNADU )

M B Satish Kumar ( RAILWAYS )

Jeelani ( KARNATAKA )

T Rama Krishna ( ANDRA PRADESH )

Faiyaz Shaik ( MAHARASHTRA )



T Srinivas Rao ( INDIAN NAVY )

Riyas T K ( KERALA )

Anas Husain ( RAILWAYS )

Raju Khan ( DELHI )

Sachin Khambe ( MAHARASHTRA )



N Sarbo Singh ( RAILWAYS )

Sagar Katurde ( MAHARASHTRA )

Robinson PR ( INDIAN NAVY )

Jagdeep Singh ( DELHI )

Sachin Patil ( MAHARASHTRA )


The 70-kg class

The 70-kg class


B Maheshwaran  ( MAHARASHTRA )

Sunit Jadhav ( MAHARASHTRA )

Kamlesh Naik ( INDIAN NAVY )

E Karthik ( RAILWAYS )

Krishna Murthy ( KARNATAKA )



Rahul Bist ( RAILWAYS )

Sagar Mali ( MAHARASHTRA )

Shrikant Singh ( UTTAR PRADESH )

Uttam Kumar Pasi ( INDIAN NAVY )

Sanjoy Saha ( WEST BENGAL )



Ram Niwas ( RAILWAYS )

Rensu Chandran ( MAHARASHTRA )

Aneesh O ( INDIAN NAVY )

Divijay Singh ( UTTAR PRADESH )

B Ravi Kumar ( TELANGANA )



Murli Kumar ( INDIAN NAVY )

Kiran Patil ( RAILWAYS )

Akshay Mogarkar ( MAHARASHTRA )

Ganesh Urankar ( MAHARASHTRA )

Mahendra Chavan ( MAHARASHTRA )


100kg & ABOVE

Hari Prasad  SP ( INDIAN NAVY )

Javed Ali Khan ( RAILWAYS )

SH Shyam Sharma ( RAILWAYS )

Premachandran D ( INDIAN NAVY )

Yogesh Yadav ( UTTAR PRADESH )

- C. Lakshmi Kumar

Pics Courtesy: Facebook

India Classic 2014

Posted in Contests on March 18, 2014 by takeupsculpting

Haryana Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association conducted India Classic 2014 national bodybuilding championship on March 15 and 16. The contest was held under the aegis of Indian Body Building and Fitness Federation affiliated to Ben Weider-founded IFBB. Hira Lal of Punjab beat an awesome line-up of champions and took away the top prize. I take pride in saying that my good friend Munusamy from Tamil Nadu placed eighth and I wish him all luck in his future contests.

Here is the list of top 15 champions.

1. Hira Lal
2. Borun Yumnum
3. Jagat
4. Amit Chetri
5. Prahlad Singh
6. Ravinder Malik
7. Tanveer Akram
8. R. Munusamy
9. Ravi Kumar
10. Avin Shrestha
11. Deepak
12. Puneet Sandhu
13. Shekher
14. Vinay Kumar
15. Manjeet Singh

Hira Lal wins silver at Arnold Amateur

Our Indian champions also made our country proud by participating in the Arnold Classic Amateur in early March at Columbus, Ohio. Hira Lal won silver in 70 kg category and repeated his earlier performance. We wish all our champions the very best of luck to win gold in the future contests and do well as Pro Bodybuilders. – C. Lakshmi Kumar – PICS courtesy: Facebook



Mr. Classic 2014 Inter-districts bodybuilding Championship

Posted in Contests on March 9, 2014 by takeupsculpting

I take pride in writing about our good friend Dayaalan of Classic Fitness who has been organising bodybuilding competitions every year for over 12 years now in connection with the anniversary of his gym. Dayaalan conducted a contest between the districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kanchi on the occasion of his gym anniversary for the 13th time on March 2, 2014. The contest had two separate categories for Masters champions too – the 40 years class and over 50 years class. As many as 24 competitors participated in the 40 years division and about 10 in the 50 years division. 

A.J. Nijam

A.J. Nijam

As regards the regular weight classes, there was a talk among competitors that the show might not be that impressive and not many would be in top form. However, it was stunning to see that there were over 180 competitors and more than 80 per cent of them were ripped and ready to rock! The surprising part was that many of these impressive competitors were new and not those I was used to seeing regularly. There were some regulars in the line-up in several classes and most of them finished in Top 3.

Here is a brief note on some of those champions who looked very impressive.

Complete and classic physique

Ramamurthy of Chennai, who has already won State championship and represented Tamil Nadu in National events, entered the 55 kg category. Though he was looking complete, pleasing and had round and full muscles, Ramamurthy needed another 4 weeks to get to his best form. A couple of other champions who were ripped and drier looked as if they would give him a close fight for the first place. However, Ramamurthy’s structure, fullness and beautiful shape helped him win.

Ranjith representing Chennai was the star of the 60 kg class. He placed second in Mr. Chennai held on January 26, but was much improved at this contest. His muscularity, conditioning and natural skin colour made him look like he was cut out of rock. He was the clear winner from the word ‘Go.’

Praise-worthy effort

  One of the most classic physiques of the State belongs to my good friend Sriram of Kanchi, who competed in this category. At his 100 per cent best, there are only a few national players in our State who can beat Sriram. At this particular event, Sriram had not yet fully dialed in. Even as we chatted behind the stage, I gave him my assessment of his performance and he explained all constraints under which he got ready for this contest. As a contest-prep coach and still a competitor myself, I couldn’t help appreciating Sriram for what he had done under so much pressure. It was really an amazing job, and he placed fourth.

Stunning comeback

I was pleasantly surprised to see former Mr. Tamil Nadu A.J. Nijam take the stage in the 65-kg category and win gold, after a break of few years. He was so stunning that I couldn’t believe it was the same champion who won the State title four years ago. Nijam is now serious stuff and can make a mark in Mr. South India and Nationals. 

 Star of the show

Champion of Champions Munusamy

Champion of Champions Munusamy

My friend Munusamy dominated the 70 kg class and the entire contest. The moment competitors of this class were assembled on the stage, Muni was the cynosure of all eyes. Often criticised for winning contests even at his 90 per cent form, Muni perhaps had decided to silence everybody. I could see that he was much more ripped, harder and drier than what he looked while winning overall in Mr. Tamil Nadu held a couple of months ago in Pallikaranai, Chennai. Muni was also full and his skin was extremely thin, making his muscles look like they were about to tear open the skin and burst out.

The favourite

Kandan (left) and Gopi (centre)

Kandan (left) and Gopi (right)


Gopi, representing Chennai, flexed his mighty muscles in 75 kg category. After a stunning overall victory at the Mr. Chennai on Januray 26, he was considered a favourite to take home the overall title at this event too. However, Gopi was not in that jaw-dropping condition we had seen earlier. I guess  he had taken a conscious decision of trying not to push himself too hard for this contest but give his best for the All India Inter-University Best Physique Contest scheduled to be held in Coimbatore on March 6 and 7. Kandan, who is a rugged and strong competitor, stood next to Gopi and challenged his claim to the title. To quote Kandan’s own words, he got ready at short notice, and hence, was not in the best shape. In my book, Kandan was almost near his best form, and it was a job well done. He finished second behind Gopi.

New faces

In the 80 kg class, I saw some competitors from Kanchi whom I had never seen before. Shankar, who won the title, was riped, dry, hard and strongly built. His legs were well-separated and vascular. Only a few points separated him and the challenger. Manimaran was a tough opponent to Shankar, but fell a tad short in the conditioning department.

Ripped and vascular - Shankar

Ripped and vascular – Shankar

The rest of the top five were equally big, full and ripped. The points between many of them were only a few, and that too in the conditioning or muscularity departments.

Mahendran Gopi who won in the 85+ category was as impressive as he was in the city contest held in January. He beat a veteran champion like Balaguru and won this class.

Masters champions

Kanniappan, who has won Mr. Tamil Nadu and medal in Masters Mr. India, won the title in 40+ age division. Rajendran, who won Masters Mr. Chennai on January 26, finished a close second behind him.

Babu Rajendran, a man who defies age, was first in the 50+ age division. His commitment to staying fit, healthy and in good shape for a lifetime deserves lot of respect. The stories he tells on the earlier days of bodybuilding in Tamil Nadu will be of great interest to many.

Overall champion

What is war without blood and contest without controversy, huh?

The class winners were brought to the stage amid thunderous applause. The crowd went crazy as the musclemen flexed bringing every muscle group to life. Even as the judges narrowed down to three competitors for the final decision,  the excitement among audience grew. The competitors flexed harder and harder bringing out every single vein on their body stand out like garden hose. The judges’ vote went to Munusamy and I personally felt it was a right decision. Muni was harder, drier, fuller and almost in his all-time best shape.

Dayaalan’s contests generally offer plenty of prizes to participants and as expected all competitors at this event were showered with gifts such as LCD TV sets, ironboxes, sweets, T-shirts, supplement boxes and many others. Dayaalan has earned a place for himself in the history of Tamil Nadu bodybuilding by organising competitions ever year for so many years straight and encouraging bodybuilders. His effort at promoting the sport of bodybuilding should be respected by every single person who dons the tanning cream in our State.

-          C. Lakshmi Kumar



Federation Cup 2014, Mumbai

Posted in Contests on March 4, 2014 by takeupsculpting

14th Federation Cup was conducted in Mumbai on February 20 and 21, 2014, under the aegis of Indian Body Building and Fitness Federation.


Here is a list of champions who finished in the top 6  places.

55 kg class

1.Shashi Kant Gude (Maharashtra)

2.Roshan Tatkare (Maharashtra)

3.Lashram Gopeshwar (Manipur)

4.Rohit Parmar

5.Devidas Patil

6.Sandip Patil

60 kg class

1.Dinesh Kamble (Maharashtra)

2.Manpreet (Punjab)

3.Vaibhav Mahaja (Maharashtra)

4.Daljit Singh

5.Sunil Gaikar

6.K.H.D. Sarendra

65 kg class

1.Hira Lal (Punjab)

2.Dinesh P Barokar (Vidharbha)

3.Manoj Lakhan (Maharashtra)

4.Raju Teli

5.Ganesh Naykanwre

6.Hari Haran

70 kg class

1.Parthmesh Gupte (Maharashtra)

2.Ravi Kumar (Punjab)

3.Parvin Mahatre (Maharashtra)

4.A. Sushil Kumar

5.Ganesh Dusaria

6.Bali Mahatre

75 kg class

1.Ajinkya Resekor (Maharashtra)

2.Mukesh Rewat (Uttarakhand)

3.Imtiaz Sheikh (Maharashtra)


5.Som Raj (Punjab)

6.Samsher Rana

80 kg class

1.Hitesh Nikam (Maharashtra)

2.Naved Khan (Madhya Pradesh)

3.Sarvesh Sahu (Vidharbha)

4.Vipin Pal

5.Vishal Kamble

6.Anand Minji

85 kg class

1.Borun Yamnam (Delhi)

2.Amar Khadare (Maharashtra)

3.Naval Kahar (Gujarat)

4.Arnold Francis

5.Rohit Pillai

6.Abhjit Bhosale

90 kg class

1.Tanveer Akram (Delhi)

2.Manjit Singh (Punjab)

3.Davinder Bhoir (Maharashtra)

4.Avinash Ingole

5.Pankaj I Kagyan

6.Chsiste Jasel (Kerala)

100 kg class

1.Mahendera Pagade

2.Jagdeesh Kumar

3.Kirat Pal Singh

4.Harmeet Singh

5.Shanjeb Khan

 100+ kg class

1.Ashutosh Pandy

2.Ganesh Shengde

3.Narinder Singh

4.Charan Mohan

5.Onkar Singh


Masters Mr. India

70 Kg class

1. Asrare TripathiKalas Bane

2. Pashuram Sabale

3. Mahan Kabbani

4. Vijndra Yadav

5. Nageshwar Rao

 70+ kg class

1. Dinesh Chaware (Vidharbha)

2. R Mohanarangam (Tamil Nadu)

3. Anand Mirij (Madhya Pradesh)

4. Mandar Chavarkar

5. Nitin More

6. Tushar Madak

Above  50 years

1. Indiar Singh (Manipur)

2. Deven Singh (Manipur)

3. Tulkshidas (Goa)

4. Rajesh Nayak

5. Shriram Jadhak

 Physically challenged

Below 70kg

1. Yogesh Mehar

2. Rehan Latke

3. Abdul Rafik

4. Vijay Gorivale

5. Sadin Kandare

70 kg class

1. Maganath Kumar (Jharkhand)

2. Girish Makwana (Gujarat)




Special mention: My good friend and senior champion from Salem, Tamil Nadu, R. Mohanarangam, came close to winning gold in Masters Mr. India held at the event and finished second. At 42, Mohan’s performance was stupendous. I’m proud to be working with him for the past few years on his contest preparation.  He is the winner of titles such as Mr. Tamil Nadu, Mr. South India, Mr. Salem overall championship (several times) and overall winner in Inter-districts championship (held between 7 districts).

-       C. Lakshmi Kumar

Pics courtesy: Shri Anurag Choudhry

Mr. Sky Classic 2014 – Mr. Chennai

Posted in Contests on February 1, 2014 by takeupsculpting

Mr. Chennai  bodybuilding championship titled “Mr. Sky Classic 2014” was held at Corporation community centre in Nungambakkam  on January 26.

The event was organised by S. Saravanan and S. Rajesh of Sky Fitness Centre, and under the aegis of Chennai District Amateur Body Building Associations (affiliated to International Federation of Body Building and Fitness founded by Joe Weider in 1946).

M. Arasu, secretary, Tamil Nadu Amateur Bodybuilding Association, ‘Royapuram’ Mano, chairman, Chennai District Amateur Body Building Association (CDABBA),  Sky Babu, president,  CDABBA, T.K. Gurunathan, general secretary,  CDABBA, M. MohanKumar, treasurer ,  CDABBA, were present.

T. Gopi representing Jai Fitness won the overall title and took home a refrigerator as gift

T. Gopi representing Jai Fitness won the overall title and took home a refrigerator as gift


The contest was made special by giving a chance to veterans to flex their muscles in ‘Masters’ category in ‘Over 40’ and ‘ Over 50’ age divisions.

Around 15 competitors participated in these classes proving once again that they are ageless.

7 weight categories

Over 100 competitors participated in the regular contest which was held in seven different weight categories – 55 kg to ‘Over 80’ kg.

A cash prize of Rs. 2,500 was given to the first prize winner in each weight class, Rs. 1,500 to second prize winner, Rs.  1,000 to third prize winner, and Rs. 500 each to fourth and fifth prize winners.

The winners of each weight category finally fought for the over title, ‘Champion of Champions.’

The 60-kg line-up.

The 60-kg line-up.

The best 3

T. Gopi representing Jai Fitness won the overall title and took home a refrigerator as gift.  The improvements he has made in his physique are mind-blowing. His overall muscle size, round delts, arms, back, legs and conditioning are freaky. From being a ‘good bodybuilder,’ Gopi has now grown into a ‘great bodybuilder’ who can win medals for Tamil Nadu in national-level competitions.

Rajasekar, who won in 60 kg class, was the most ripped competitor in the entire contest. His physique was beautiful. With a little more mass, he is sure to go to the next level.

Vinoth Kumar, who won the 70-kg class, was full, thick and cut. He had round muscles and was in great shape too. He looked big and dominating in his category.

The 65-kg class.

The 65-kg class.

Special mention:

M. Mahendran, who won the +80 kg class has finally arrived to take his rightful place in bigger contests. He was in top shape, ripped and dry. With a little more muscle on the frame, he is sure to win the State title.

M. Mahendran, who won the +80 kg class has finally arrived to take his rightful place in bigger contests

M. Mahendran, who won the +80 kg class has finally arrived to take his rightful place in bigger contests

Here is a list of competitors who finished in top 5 positions in each weight category:

55kg category

  1. A. Dinesh
  2. K. Giridharan
  3. M. Umakanthan
  4. M. Jose
  5. H. Jaya Prakash

60kg category

  1. F. Rajasekar
  2. R. Ranjith
  3. S. Dharma Lingam
  4. S. Vignesh
  5. A. Don Moses

65kg category

  1. P. Venugopal
  2. A. Samson Divakar
  3. L. Nasuruteen
  4. A. James Allen
  5. R.V. Sivasubramania Pillai

70kg category

  1. M. Vinoth Kumar
  2. A. Rajesh
  3. B. Santhosh Kumar
  4. G. Hariharan
  5. M. Anil

75kg category

  1. T. Gopi
  2. M. Prakash
  3. B. Yogesh Kumar
  4. K. Seenu Shanmugam
  5. R. Karthik

80kg category

  1. S. Balaguru
  2. T. Anguraj
  3. A.D. Vishal
  4. M. Ganesh
  5. V.M. Dharma Durai

+ 80kg category

  1. M. Mahendran
  2. S. Manimaran
  3. S. Manikandan
  4. D. Balaji
  5. S. Prabhu

Masters  + 40 yrs

  1. R. Rajendran
  2. C. Lakshmi Kumar
  3. T. Annadurai
  4.  P. Mohana Krishnan
  5. P. Vasudevan

Masters + 50 yrs

  1. V. Babu Rajendran
  2. G. Mani
  3. T. Dheena dhayala singh
  4. Nizamudeen
  5. Gunasekaran

Champion of champions

  1. T. Gopi
  2. M. Mahendran
  3. M. Vinoth Kumar                                                                                                                                                        – P. Srimathy




World bodybuilding championship 2013

Posted in Contests on December 5, 2013 by takeupsculpting

India shines at  world championship


World Bodybuilding and Physique Federation conducted world championship body building contest in Hungary from November 13 to 18.

Over 300 competitors from as many as 49 countries participated in it.


I take pride in saying that several champions from India won medals in various weight categories. Our champions such as Rajendran, Murali Kumar, Bobby Singh and Ankur Sharma looked out of the world and made our country proud.


Rajendran – 1st

Murali Kumar – 3rd

Ankur Sharma – 1st

Vijay Bahadur – 4th

Bobby Singh – 2nd

Abdul Ansari – 2nd

Neeraj Kumar – 3rd


IFBB World Championship

Indian team also represented the country at the IFBB World Championship held in Morocco in November.


Karan Singh from Punjab won bronze while many others went up against tough opponents to finish in top 10. The transformation I witnessed in the physiques of champions from my State of Tamil Nadu such as M. Kothandaraman, K. Balamurugan and S. Senthil Kumaran was incredible. I wish them all luck in their next major event.


I wish all our Indian brothers the very best of luck to win world titles and bring glory to our country.

- C. Lakshmi Kumar

(Pics courtesy: Facebook )

Mr. India 2013

Posted in Contests on June 8, 2013 by takeupsculpting

Taking bodybuilding contests to a new height – this was the mission accomplished by TABBA General Secretary M. Arasu and his dedicated team, in Chennai on May 8 and 9.

The prestigious ‘Senior Mr. India’ was being brought back to Chennai after 2005, and it wasn’t just another contest to be taken lightly. Having witnessed the event and being part of the team behind organising it, we could clearly understand that Arasu and CEO of Ateliers Fitness Sushila Maran had sacrificed so much and lost sleep for several weeks to make the contest a grand success. Kudos to them.

On a very hot summer day, Chennaiites watched the country’s best-built men flex their mighty muscles in a cool auditorium, Kamarajar Arangam, along with colorful entertainment.
Hot Shoe Company needs a special mention for giving a stupendous performance and entertaining the audience. Joint Commissioner of Police Arun, film stars Prashant, Bharath, Riaz Khan and Varalakshmi Sarathkumar were special guests.

Our team members felt great being a part of this wonderful event. It was like taking part in a 3-day wedding ceremony. The weigh-in was conducted on May 7, per-judging on May 8, and the grand finale on May 9.

I was more excited sitting as a national judge next to veterans such as Shri. Sanjay More, Shri Giri, Shri Benny Francis, and so many others and judging not one but three categories! I thank all officials and veterans of Indian Body Building and Fitness Federation and Tamil Nadu Amateur Body Building Association for encouraging me.

55 kg class
The winner of the very first category, Sunil Sakpal of Maharashtra, was thick, full and in top shape. He was a clear winner though medalists Sonu and Roshan Tatkare gave it everything to win top honours. P. Perumal of Tamil Nadu looked good and finished fifth.

60 kg class
Jai Singh, who represented Maharashtra, won gold in this category, while Karan Jeet Singh and Aju Gosh bagged silver and bronze. Jai used to compete in 55 kg category and has won the nationals several times. Though he was full and beautifully shaped, he was not as ripped or dry as on earlier occasions. However, his structure, muscle shape and beauty helped him win. Karan is a very promising body builder and placed second in the Mr. Asia contest held 3 weeks after this show.

65 kg category
Kothandaraman (Vinoth) of Tamil Nadu was the hero in this class. There was doubts during prejudging whether he would win gold or just walk away with a medal. However, there was no room for any doubt at the finals when the young champ flexed on the stage – fuller, harder, ripped and in crazy condition.
Kudos to Hari Ram and Ashok Kumar for giving Vinoth a great fight. Vinoth also finished 4th in the Mr.Asia held a few weeks after this contest.


70 kg class
It was ‘apples vs oranges’ in this weight category. Beautifully-built Ravi Kumar and incredibly-cut Vijay More fought for the title! More pushed Kumar really hard and some of us felt that the fighter from Maharashtra might take the title. Finally, Kumar’s structure and round muscle bellies helped him triumph.
Ambar Sharma, who finished third, had a perfect package of size and shape. He was in top condition and looked stunning. This great champion from Uttarkhand is sure to win gold pretty soon.


75 kg category
There was no doubt on who would win the 75 kg category. Ashish Sakharkar was big, full and in good shape. The surprise package, however, came in the form of Abdul Ashraf from Tamil Nadu. Though Sakharkar was a clear winner, Ashraf pushed him to a great extent and bagged silver!
Manjeet Singh and Sachin Patil looked incredible and were not ready to give up the runner-up spot to Ashraf without a fight.

Two of our good friends, K. Arunachalam and Mohammed Abdullah, clashed in this category. The veterans had to settle for fifth and sixth places respectively.

80 kg class
The moment competitors of this class were led to the stage, everyone knew that Maharashtra’s Suhas Khamkar was ahead of the pack. Now synonymous with the word ‘Mr. India,’ Khamkar was big, muscular, hard and ripped. Randhir of CRPF and Pranay Londhe of Maharashtra who finished second and third respectively presented a fantastic package as well.


            85 kg category
Barun Yum Nam was a clear winner here. Tijendher Singh of Uttarakhand, who won silver, was a tough competitor. But, the former’s size, muscularity and conditioning got him the top place. Amit Choudry was off his usual form and, hence, finished third. G. Kumar of Tamil Nadu took fourth. We wish him all luck to win the next nationals.

90 kg class
Momotambo of CRPF won gold in the 90 kg category. He looked the best in the line-up and made the judges’ job easy.
All others who flexed their muscles in this class were separated by just a few points.
We were thrilled to see our very own Murali Vijayakumar taking on the big names in this class. Biglee was at his best – period. Though we were confident that he would crack into the Top Five, he narrowly missed it and finished sixth. Nevertheless, his performance was class and Biglee is sure to win the big prize soon.

100 kg category
I was reminded of 2003 Mr. Olympia when this weight category started. The audience’s reaction on seeing Ronnie Coleman at the Big O was “Jesus Christ!”
That was precisely the reaction of the Chennai fans too when Amit Chetri walked on to the stage. His huge size and perfect proportion drew the attention of one and all. Amit won his category hands down and made it clear that he had potential to go places. The day he wins a pro card and makes our country proud isn’t far away.

100+ category

Vinay Kumar was the champion in this class. He was, as usual, the clear winner. Our friend Jayaprakash, who won the Nationals in 2009, made a comeback and finished third.

Champion of Champions
There was a tough fight for the overall championship. As expected, Suhas and Amit clashed for the title, ‘Champion of Champions’. It looked like there was a tie between both and a comparison round was called to make things clearer.
When all the compulsory poses were called, Amit looked big, proportional and ripped. However Suhas’s muscularity, hardness and conditioning made him look like he was cut out of rock. Suhas’s hardness and muscularity leaped out screaming for attention. That gave him an upper hand.
He was awarded with a Royal Enfield bullet.

The best poser award went to Barun Yum Nam for his most entertaining posing routine.

Miss Fitness
8th Miss Fitness was also organised along with this muscle extravaganza. Almost 20 fitness models competed in two categories.
It was an all together different experience for me to judge a fitness event.
The girls exhibited their gymnastic skills along with posing routines displaying their muscle tone, flexibility and control.
The event received a lot of applause from the Chennai crowd.

Hats off Arasu
When it was time to leave the hall, a sense of pride filled our minds for being part of a great association and a mega event.
It might sound like hyperbole, but Arasu has undoubtedly earned an unshakeable place for himself in the history of Indian body building.
– P. Srimathy
Here is the list of competitors who finished in top places in all categories:
55 kg
1. Sunil Sakpal                          Maharashtra
2. Sonu                                        Delhi
3. Roshan Tatkare                  Maharashtra
4. Bharat A Jadhav                 Maharashtra
5. P. Perumal                             Tamil Nadu

60 kg
1. Jai Singh                                 Maharashtra
2. Karan Jeet Singh                Punjab
3. Aju Gosh                                West Bengal
4. Sanjeev Kumar                    CRPF

65 kg
1. M. Kothandaraman            Tamil Nadu
2. Hari Ram                            CRPF
3. Ashok Kumar                      Punjab
4. Imran                                  Maharashtra
5. Sanjay Shrivas                   Vidarbha

70 kg
1. Ravi Kumar                        Punjab
2. Vijay More                          Maharashtra
3. Ambar Sharma                   Uttarkhand
4. Sachin A Patil                    Maharashtra
5. K. Arunachalam                 Tamil Nadu

75 kg
1. Ashish N. Sakharkar           Maharashtra
2. Abdul Ashraf                       Tamil Nadu
3. Manjeet Shokeen                Delhi
4. Sachin Y Patil                      Maharashtra
5. Jay A Dabhade                    Maharashtra

80 kg
1. Suhas Khamkar                   Maharashtra
2. N.G. Randhir                       CRPF
3. Pranay N. Londhe               Maharashtra
4. Pawan Kumar                      Delhi
5. T. Sivasankar                      Karnataka

85 kg
1. Barun Yum Nam                 CRPF
2. Tijender Singh                    Uttarkhand
3. Amit Chowdry                      Uttar Pradesh
4. G. Kumar                            Tamil Nadu
5. Mahesh Rao                       Maharashtra

90 kg
1. A. Momotomba                   CRPF
2. Praveen Kumar                  Uttar Pradesh
3. Varun Juneja                      Delhi
4. Kiran Dabhi                        Gujarat
5. Avinash Ingale                    Maharashtra

100 kg
1. Amit Chettri                         Uttarkhand
2. K.H. Pritam                          CRPF
3. Jagdish Kumar                    Punjab
4. Rohit Bohra                        Haryana
5. Avinash Waghule               Vidarbha

Above 100 kg
1. Vinay Kumar                       Delhi
2. Narinder Singh                    Punjab
3. M. Jayaprakash                  Tamil Nadu
4. Charan Mohan                    Punjab
5. Rajnikant Parmar                Gujarat

Miss Fitness India 2013

Under 163 cm
1. Diprina Bhattacharjee          West Bengal
2. Savitri Das                            Uttar Pradesh
3. Durga P. Jadav                     Maharashtra
4. Sulochana Das                     West Bengal
5. Nabanita Basu                      West Bengal

Above 163 cm
1. Shreyashi Das Chowdry        West Bengal
2. Kamalika Mukherjee              West Bengal
3. Vidya Shtras                          Maharashtra
4. Shenshue Shalrita                 Manipur
5. Subhra Mondal                      West Bengal

Mr. India 2013

Posted in Contests on March 26, 2013 by takeupsculpting
Sangram and Murali Kumar fighting it out.

Sangram and Murali Kumar fighting it out.

Incredible Murali Kumar of Navy won the prestigious overall ‘Mr. India’ title at the sixth RMCO National Senior Bodybuilding Championship held at Bolghatty Palace in Kochi on March 24.

Going by his last appearance at a recent show in Maharashtra, Murali had made it clear that he would be the man to stop World Champions Sangram Chougule and Bobby Singh from winning the ‘Champion of Champions’ title at this event.

According to friends who attended the contest, this was one of the toughest ever nationals held as over 400 contestants rocked the show! There were as many as 40 competitors flexing their mighty muscles in several weight classes at the prejudging on Saturday, giving the judges a very tough time to select the top five for the finals scheduled for Sunday.

The finals show was interrupted by heavy rain, but was completed in a successful manner.

Here is how the competitors finished in some of the weight classes.

(This is from the information I gathered from various sources and hence, results of some classes might be missing).

55 kg: 1. Rahul Salunkhe (Railway) 2. R.K. Suraj (Kerala), 3. K. Arif (Kerala)

60 kg: 1. Anoop Raju (Railway), 2. M. Sasikumar (TN), 3. M.K. Ragesh (Kerala)

70kg: 1. Neeraj Kumar (Delhi), 2. Anas Husain (Railway), 3. M.B. Satish Kumar (TN)

75kg: 1. Vipin Peter (Navy), 2. Sagar Katurde (Maharashtra), 3. D. Vignesh (TN)

80kg: 1. A. Bobby Singh (Railway), 2. S.R. Rajesh (Kerala), 3. Sachin Dongre (Maharashtra)

85kg: 1. Rahul Bisht (Railway), 2. Vijay Bahdur (U.P.), 3. E.G. Baiju (Navy)

90kg: Sangram Chougule (Maharashtra), 2. Ankur Sharma (Gujarat), 3. Kiran Patel (Railway)

100kg: 1. R. Murali Kumar (Navy), 2. Rensu Chandran (Maharashtra), 3. Pritam Chougule

+100kg: 1. Javed Ali Khan (Railway),  2. Deepak Tripathi (Maharashtra), 3. S.P. Hari Prasad (Navy)

Best poser: A. Bobby Singh

Most improved bodybuilder: Rahul Bisht

Team championship: 1. Indian Railways, 2. Maharashtra, 3. Navy

Photo courtesy: Facebook

- C. Lakshmi Kumar

Senior Mr. Tamil Nadu 2013

Posted in Contests on March 15, 2013 by takeupsculpting
Fight for the crow

Fight for the crown

It’s a great feeling to watch a contest where iron warriors clash for glory. Beyond cash prizes, gifts and cans of food supplements, it’s the satisfaction of winning a title which makes bodybuilders spend endless hours in the gym and stay on regimented diets for months.
And when an organiser tries to give attractive gifts to winners and put together a grand show, the effort needs to be appreciated and encouraged.
I should congratulate D. Prakash (or ‘Gold’ Prakash as he is known) for successfully conducting Senior Mr. Tamil Nadu 2013 contest under the aegis of Tamil Nadu Amateur Body Building Association affiliated to the Indian Body Building and Fitness Federation, on March 3 at Kancheepuram.
The moment Prakash announced that the overall winner would drive home a TATA Nano, the event was the talk of the town. I was thrilled to watch a great show once again and am happy to share my opinion on some of the best athletes who rocked certain weight categories.
Save for a few champions who were National material and won medals in some weight classes, the rest came pretty close to each other finishing in fourth, fifth and sixth places.
In 55 kg class, Ramamurthy, who won the title, was a clear winner from the word ‘go.’ He had a nice structure, decent size for his height, good muscle shape and conditioning.
The comeback

Baskar of ICF

Baskar of ICF

In the 60 kg class was ICF’s Baskar. This former National champion, known for his thick, dense muscle, recently made a comeback at the All-India Railway Championship held in Madurai and placed third. Baskar, at that event, was not at his best and needed some more weeks of dieting to dial-in and reach top form. Here, he was much more ripped and better conditioned. Though he was still not at his absolute best, he was way ahead of the rest. The moment he walked on the stage, his muscle shape, roundness and fullness shocked me. I just couldn’t take my eyes off Baskar – such was his magnificence! The competitor who placed third in this class was a young man, Raja from Nagercoil. Trained by my friend G.M. Chandru of GM Fitness, he looked very promising and has the potential to do well in future shows.
Bantamweight shock

Kothandaraman (Vinod)

Kothandaraman (Vinod)

The outcome in the 65 kg category gave me excitement and shock – excitement over the appearance of the first two finishers; shock over the injustice done to a particular competitor.
The first place finisher M. Kothandaraman of ICF (Vinod to friends) was class apart. His muscles were hard, ripped, dry and full. Haribabu of ICF (Senior Mr. India winner in 2011), who placed second at this event, usually competes in 60 kg class. However, I heard the little freak had put on so much muscle that he couldn’t bring down his weight and had to enter this class! Haribabu was looking excellent but Vinod was ahead of him.
The competition was intense as this class had former Junior Mr. India medalist Harikrishnan making a comeback after a few years, Mr. South India medalist Sriram and Junior Mr. India bronze medalist Haridas! A surprise entrant was Kalaichelvan of Tiruchi, now representing Chennai. The Tiruchi native was back on the stage after 3 years, but all set to grab third place. I was shocked when he was put in sixth place and out of the finals! In the evening show, Haridas, who was also back competing after a couple of years, looked full and much more dry. He finished third. Sriram ended up in fourth place and Harikrishnan fifth. Both these athletes, I’m sure, will amp up their training and diet and look fabulous in the coming shows.
Hero of the show

Jayaprakash (JP)

Jayaprakash (JP)

Jayaprakash (JP) of ICF dominated the 70 kg category. The three-time Senior Mr. India winner was big, thick, full and dry. His waist was tiny and taper amazing! The class line-up for the title was like watching a superstar and other stars competing – such was JP’s dominance. His evening posing showcased his confidence and flexibility.
Best entertainer
The 75 kg class winner K. Arunachalam of Chennai was awesome. His shoulders were wide, separated and full; his thighs were deep and muscular; his arms were full; back was etched! There was no way this incredible man aged over 40 was going to take anything less than first. M. Kandan, who placed second, was huge and full, but not dry. Conditioning cost him the title, according to the audience. The third place finisher was my friend Saravanan from Chennai. The handsome man was in his best form – at least the best I had seen in the recent times. His was a beautiful physique, but lacked the freakish look of the first two place finishers.
Arunachalam’s posing at the evening show was amazing and I would say he was a real crowd pleaser. His posing routine entertained the audience who were otherwise kind of bored seeing just muscle, muscle and more muscle.


Two great champions fought for the title in the 80 kg class. Antony Kumar of Chennai and Rajesh Kannan of Thoothukudi, both State title winners, entered this weight category. Kumar was huge, ripped, full and dry. This was the best version of Kumar I had seen. Rajesh Kannan had improved his thighs and was looking beautiful. However, Kumar’s muscle density, vascularity and hardness pushed Rajesh to second place. Had the young man entered the 85 kg class, he would have easily won gold.

The ageless - Arunachalam

The ageless – Arunachalam

Monster mode
Murali Vijaykumar of Chennai was at his biggest ever in this contest. Entering the 90 kg class, he looked wider than before with round deltoids, bigger and deeper quads and more muscular back. His biceps were bigger and had a deep split. His conditioning was pretty good and stage presence dominating. Biglee Murali was a clear winner and is now set for a rocking performance in the Nationals.
The hurrah!
The evening show was what everybody was waiting for and the outcome was on the expected lines.
The clash for the overall title narrowed down to ‘Vinod,’ JP and Kumar. For a while I though that ‘Vinod,’ who was looking drier, harder and fuller than in the morning, might upset JP’s dream of driving home the Nano! However, the senior’s muscle maturity, density, taper and fullness helped him win the overall.
Jayaprakash is now focused on getting a fourth victory at the Senior Nationals scheduled in May.

Kumar who finished second in the overall fight was given a TVS Scooty. Vinod who finished third was given a fridge. Baskar and Arunachalam were given a washing machine each.
– C. Lakshmi Kumar


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