Gama Pehlwan’s 144th birthday: Google pays tribute to one of the best wrestlers with a doodle
Gama Pehlwan, considered undefeated in the ring, is one of the top wrestlers of all time. ‘The Great Gama’ remained undefeated in international matches throughout his career, and was even awarded the title “Tiger” after winning the 1927 world wrestling championship. His real name is ‘Tiger’. Ghulam Mohammad Baksh Butt, and commonly known as Rustam- e-Hind.
Gama Pehlwan, who is considered one of the top wrestlers of all time as he has remained undefeated in international matches during his career. Gama Pehlwan’s original name was Ghulam Mohammad Baksh Butt and was commonly known as Rustam-e-Hind.
According to Google’s Doodle page, the Doodle — created by guest artist Vrinda Zaveri — celebrates Gama Pehlwan’s achievements in the ring but also the impact and representation he has brought to Indian culture.
Traditional wrestling in North India began to develop around the early 1900s. Lower- and working-class migrants would compete in royal and nationally recognized gyms received when winning in lavish tournaments. In these tournaments, spectators get to admire the wrestlers’ physiques and be inspired by their disciplined lifestyle.
Gama’s training routine consisted of 500 shakes and 500 push-ups at the age of 10. In 1888, he entered a lunge competition with more than 400 wrestlers from all over the country and won. His success at the competition made him famous throughout the royal states of India. It was not until the age of 15 that he began to learn wrestling. By 1910, people were reading Indian newspapers with headlines praising Gama as a national hero and world champion. Gama is also considered a hero for saving the lives of many Hindus during the partition of India in 1947. He spent the rest of his days until his death in 1960 in Lahore, which became part of it. of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Gama won many titles during his career, notably the Indian versions of the World Heavyweight Championship (1910) and the World Wrestling Championship (1927), where he was awarded the title. “Tiger” sign after the tournament. He was even given a silver mace. by the Prince of Wales during his visit to India to honor the great wrestler. Gama’s legacy continues to inspire modern day boxers. Even Bruce is known to be an admirer and incorporates aspects of Gama’s conditioning into his own workout routine!