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The Great Gama (Pehlwan) Biography, Age, Death, Height, Wife, Children, Family, Facts, Wiki & More

Updated On : May 22, 2022

Short Biography

The Great Gama (Gama Pahalwan) was born on 22-05-1878 in Jabbowal Village, Amritsar in the state of Punjab, British India as Ghulam Mohammad Baksh Butt. He was a British Indian Wrestler & Bodybuilder who was an undefeated world's wrestling champion in the early 20th century.

Other Name: Ghulam Mohammad Baksh Butt, Ghulam Hussain, Gama Pehalwan, Gama Pehlwan, Rustam-e-Hind
Other Professions: Bodybuilder

The Great Gama Complete Bio & Career

Gama Pahlwan was born in Jabbowal, Amritsar, Punjab. He was amongst the best of the players in wrestling that India had ever produced. His real name was Ghulam Mohammad Baksh Butt and was the first person to have won the world heavyweight Champion in the year 1910. Gama, Imam, and R.B. Benjamin went to visit the European mainland. During the visit, Gama crushed numerous world celebrated wrestlers like Sweden's Jesse Paterson, the French Maurice Deriaz, America's Benjamin Roller, and so on. The World Champion Polish wrestler, Zbyszco dealt with a disputable draw with him. In any case, considerably later he was outmaneuvered in only 21 seconds in another match against Gama, this time in India. The Great Gama tested different inquirers of the world wrestling title. The rundown incorporated Russia's Hackenschmidt, Japan's Taro Miyake, and America's Frank Gotch. However, nobody set out to battle against Gama and he came back to the nation unbeaten. Aside from his lone thrashing, Gama had won very nearly 5000 matches. He passed away in Lahore in 1953.
The only education he took was his wrestling education in Akhada from his Ustad. Rest he is illiterate. He came to the limelight because of the challenge which he gave to the national champion of that time even being half capable of defeating him because of the height difference. A young lad of 17 made sure the match ended in a draw. He was nicknamed the crazy son of god as if he made up his mind to fight then nothing can stop him.

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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

The Great Gama died at the age of 82 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. He died due to his illness one day after his 82nd birthday on 23-05-1960.

DEATHDAY 23 May,1960 (Monday)
DEATH PLACE Lahore, Punjab

The Great Gama Family, Relatives and Other Relations

Father Muhammad Aziz Baksh
Mother Name Not Known
Brother Imam Baksh Pahalwan
Sister Not Known
Wife Wazir Begum
Sons Five (Name Not Known)
Daughters Four (Name Not Known)

He was born to Muhammad Aziz Baksh. He had a brother named Imam Baksh Pahalwan. He was married to Wazir Begum. He had nine children including four daughters and five sons.

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Body Measurements

Chest Size 52
Biceps Size 22
Waist Size 36
Skin Colour Wheatish
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Jabbowal, Amritsar, Punjab, British India
Nationality Indian , Pakistani
Religion Islam
Address Lahore, Pakistan
School Didn't Go
College Didn't Go
Qualification Learn Wrestling in Akhada
Hobbies Wrestling, Workout
Marital Status Married


Favorite Color White
Favorite Sport Wrestling
Favorite Dress Dhoti Kurta
Favorite Food Milk, Chicken, Mutton & Dry Fruit

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About The Great Gama

  • His birth name was Ghulam Mohammad Baksh Butt.
  • He was also addressed as Gama Pehalwan and The Great Gama.
  • For being an undefeated world wrestling champion of the 20th century, he was called Rustam-e-Hind (Rustam of India or Champion of India), which name was earned in 1954 by Dara Singh.
  • He used to do 5 thousand uthak-baithaks and 3 thousands dands in his workout in a day.
  • He used to take 15-liter milk and dry fruit mixed juice a day.
  • At the age of 17 in 1895, he challenged Raheem Bakhsh Sultani Wala who was 7 feet tall and was the world champion wrestler of India of that time. No one became the winner of the fight between Gama and Raheem, the fight was ended in a draw.
  • One of his avid followers was the world's famous martial artist 'Bruce Lee'.
  • Google honored him by making a Google Doodle of Gama Pehlwan on 22-05-2022 the day of his 144th birth anniversary.

The Great Gama Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

The Great Gama was 82 years 0 month & 1 day old age.