Gama Pehlwan

Gama Pehlwan: Google Doodle Celebrates India's Undefeated Wrestling Champion

May 22, 2022

Google Doodle artwork on May 23, 2022, is dedicated to the accomplishments of Ghulam Mohammad Baksh Butt aka Gama Pehlwan or "The Great Gama", an Indian wrestler of the early 20th century.

May 23's Google Doodle is created by artist Vrinda Zaveri and it celebrates the wrestler's impact and representation that he brought to Indian culture.

Gama Pehlwan, as more fondly the world remembers Ghulam Mohammad Baksh Butt, was widely considered one of the best wrestlers of all time.

Butt earned the name "The Great Gama" after he remained undefeated throughout his international matches.

Butt was born in Jabbowal village of Punjab's Amritsar district.

During his career, Butt won several titles including the Indian versions of the World Heavyweight Championship (1910) and the World Wrestling Championship (1927).

For several decades Gama Pehlwan has remained a household name in India.

His name is often used while making a remark on a person's strength.

500 lunges and 500 pushups were a part of Gama Pehlwan's workout routine and that too when he was only 10-year-old.

The famed wrestler picked up wrestling after he turned 15 and grabbed headlines in Indian newspapers almost immediately.

He was praised as a national hero and a world champion.

Not just that he made a name for himself as a world-class sportsperson, but Gama Pehlwan is also considered a hero for saving the lives of many Hindus during the 1947 India-Pakistan partition.

Gama Pehlwan spent the rest of his days until his death in 1960 in Lahore, which became a part of Pakistan after the partition.

The Prince of Wales even presented Gama Pehlwan with a silver mace during his visit to India to honour the great wrestler.

"Gama’s legacy continues to inspire modern-day fighters. Even Bruce Lee is a known admirer and incorporates aspects of Gama's conditioning into his own training routine!" reports Hindustan Times quoting Google Doodle.

Gama Pehlwan, a Kashmiri Muslim by birth, was born on May 22, 1878, and he dies on May 23, 1960.

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