To recall and honour the achievements of famous Indian wrestler Ghulam Muhammad Bakhsh Butt, often known as Gama Pehlwan or The Great Gama, Google has created a Doodle to commemorate his 144th birthday.
According to Google, Bruce Lee is a known admirer of Gama’s conditioning and incorporates aspects of it into his own training routine.
Gama Pehlwan was born in Amritsar on this day in 1878. He fought in over 5000 bouts in his career and is regarded the most successful wrestler of the 20th century. Gama Pehlwan obtained the title of “undefeated champion” by playing 22 years without defeating.
According to the description of today’s Doodle, Gama’s workout regimen contained 500 lunges and 500 pushups at only 10 years old. He won a lunge competition with over 400 wrestlers from across the country in 1888. His victory at the competition made him famous across India’s royal states. It wasn’t until he turned 15 that he picked up wrestling.
“By 1910, people were reading Indian newspapers with headlines praising Gama as a national hero and world champion,” the Google Doodle blog said.
After the division of the sub-continent, Gama transferred to Pakistan and spent the rest of his days until his death in 1960 in Lahore.
Gama Pehlwan’s niece Bholo Pehlwan held the title of national wrestling champion of Pakistan for 20 years, continuing on his father’s legacy.