India’s Big Pahelwan : Gama Pahelwan


School: Kotwala
Height: 5’ 7”
Weight: 200 pounds

The famous Gama is considered to be the greatest wrestler ever. A Muslim of Kashmiri descent, Hewaz, was born in 1878 in Ghulam Mohammad, one of the foremost wrestling families in India, in Amritsar. His father, Aziz Baksh (1848–1886), was a skilled court wrestler in the service of the royal family of Tatya. He supervised his son’s training from the age of five. When he died three years later, Gama’s training continued under the guidance of his grandfather and uncle.

Gama first came to mind in 1888 when he won the Shakti-Dheeraj competition, run by Maharaja Jaswant Singh of Jodhpur. Of the four hundred veteran wrestlers, the 10-year-old performed the most pitches in the final fifteen. Inspired by the boy’s determination, the Maharaja declares Gama as the victor.

Gama’s career began in 1893. In 1901, his considerable talents, particularly his distinctly aggressive style, struck a balance against Master Khalifa Ghulam Mohi-ud-din. A year later, he launched an attack against Amar Rahim Baksh Sultaniwala. His victory over the predecessor Aparajit Khalifa Ghulam Mohi-ud-din in 1909 proved to be a turning point; It took Gama eight minutes to snatch the title of Rustom-e-Hind.

The following year in Allahabad, Gama registered a resounding victory against his old rival Rahim Baksh Sultaniwala. After defeating the Pito wrestler during the Shalimar exhibition in 1912, he was appointed by the young Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh, and was given a splendid gift.

Due to lack of qualification challenges, Gama informally retired in 1918, transferring his title to his brother Imam Baksh. But he earned a famous comeback in 1928 to face Stanislas Cipisko, a remake of his famous match nearly eighteen years earlier. Although both are now in their forties, the comeback match attracted 60,000 fans to a well-constructed stadium built by the Maharaja of Patiala. The Great Gamma put the Polish legend in embarrassment, throwing his famous ‘hat-pot’ over his shoulder in just 42 seconds.

Gama, who has fought in hundreds of tournaments, officially retired as India’s wrestling champion in 1933. After the partition of Punjab in 1947, the ‘Lion of Punjab’ was re-established in Lahore, Pakistan. He never competed for a newly created country after the long illness of a brave man in Lahore in 1960.

One of Gama’s challenges was published in the British press in London in 1910. Gama toured Europe in 1910 with a group of Punjabi wrestlers eager to establish his name further. Benjamin Roller, the American “Doc” (made twice within ten minutes), Jesse Peterson (world champion Greco-Roman style), Maurice Terrys of France and Johann Lem of Switzerland created a stir in England. (European champions) all failed. The 300-pound Polish champion Stanislas Sibisco was able to force a draw by tying the mat for three hours in front of 12,000 spectators at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Stadium. When he failed to show up for review the next day, Gama won by default and was awarded a prize of 250. He returned to India as Rustom-e-Zaman (Rustom of the world), which received lasting acclaim among the people of his country.

“Dock” Benjamin Roller vs. Gamma vs. Gamma, at the Alhambra Theater in Leicester Square, London. He was 34 pounds heavier and six inches taller than Roller Gamma and wanted to win the £ 200 prize. Gama shocked the sold-out crowd at the Alhambra Theater, where he threw the roller again and weaved it twice to win. An observer who watched gamma wrestling during the UK tour thought he had the strength of the bull and the speed of the cat ‘.

Kam-Sibisco Rematch, Patiala, 1928 Nawab of Bhopal, Maharaja Kapurthala, Maharani of Dholpur, Sir Leslie Scott (a noted maritime lawyer) and many other VIPs including Sir Hargard. Butler (then President of the State Council of India and former Governor of Burma). The boat did not start when Gama Gipisco fell to the ground and was stopped in 42 seconds. The Maharaja came down and hugged Gama and gave him a pearl necklace. The Maharaja’s gift was a gamma parade on an elephant, and he was given a silver mess, a Rs 6,000 stipend and a village.

Gama married the eldest slave daughter in 1905 with his son Jalal-ud-din and a monk from Kashmir Gama. When he died three years later, he married his sister, who gave birth to many boys and girls for him. Unfortunately, all the boys died at an early age.


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