The Art of Pehalwani (Local Wrestling)

There was a time when being a Pehalwan was a way of life, an art and a passion. Thousands of people used to watch Rusum-i-Pakistan which was a very popular event in Lahore (just like a one day cricket game these days). You could easily find many Ukhara’s or Akhara’s (kinda small stadiums where traditional wrestlers exercise) in the city with Pehalwans doing their routine exercises but not anymore. I have some wonderful childhood memories of having Khalis Lassi (sorry folks, I don

10 Comments so far

  1. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 12:41 am

    Awesome! I wish I could have seen this when I was in Lahore :)

  2. Mina (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 3:44 pm

    does kabbadi count as wrestling? and jhara beat hogan, what a supremely cool :D

  3. Darwaish (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 5:34 pm

    kabbadi is differnent sport… n i think its in better shape overall than pehalwani

    n that jhara vs hogan… i suspect it was kinda noora kushti :P .. but hey who cares..RAW and all others are noora too! if farangi’s can do it, we can’t we? :> :D

  4. Azfar (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 5:21 pm

    oh man! i also saw that event too!!!! it was 1988 i think

  5. Jangli Jagga (unregistered) on August 7th, 2005 @ 6:06 am

    oh great, jhara won! did jhara also wrestled with anoki of japan? as a wrestling buff I was an avid jhara fan in my childhood and heard that he was training for freestyle (noora kushti) at international circuit in his last days..

    wrestling is surely dying because it is no more a sport in people’s eyes

  6. sony palwan shak khan (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 5:41 pm

    i am a international wrestler and i have fought many american wrestlers and also am going to japan soon to wrestle.if anyone knows where to buy this film of wwf vs pakistan please let me know and if you want to see my profile u can visit i am currently the mid heavyweight asian wrestling and streetfight champion of azad kashmir pakistan.

  7. kamran (unregistered) on August 28th, 2005 @ 2:02 am

    I am a 29 year old man in Islamabad. I am really interested in learning wrestling. Anybody has any idea if there is any wrestling school/ akhara in Isb/ Pindi?

    Would be grateful for the information

  8. ashraf (unregistered) on November 19th, 2005 @ 8:07 pm

    i want to wreslte anybody in akhara
    my email is
    my weight 75 kg

  9. shan (unregistered) on February 13th, 2006 @ 11:20 pm

    I am beginner to medium experience wrestler – both grappling style and pro-style. I am 5’10 and 200 lbs. I have photos of myself – posed and wrestling. I want video or fotos of Pakistani or Indian wrestlers – If you come to NY – you will be my guest.

  10. Karlik1 (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 1:56 am


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