Gobar Guha

Gobar Guha

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Jatindra Charan Guha () (13 March 1892 - 3 January 1972), popularly known by his ring name Gobar Guha () (or as Gobar Goho in the United States and Europe), was a world famous Indian wrestler and practitioner of Pehlwani. He was the first Asian to win the World Light Heavyweight Championship in the United States in 1921.

Early life

Gobar came from a family of wrestlers. The Guha family had been known for pioneering, promoting and popularizing the art of wrestling and physical culture in Bengal, for generations. His great-grandfather had set up an akhada. His forebears included the legendary Ambu babu, and Khetra babu, who tutored Swami Vivekananda in the finer points of wrestling. His father Ram Charan too was well versed in the art. Gobar was born to Ram Charan in 1892 in Kolkata.

He began his initial training under the guidance of his uncle Ambika Charan Guha. Later he also took lessons from his father Ram Charan. After he began rigorous training under the famous Indian wrestlers like Kholsa Chaubey and Rahmani Pehlwan, who were employed by the Guha family. When Gobar reached adulthood he stood at six feet and one inch and weighed around 290 pounds. His expanded chest measured 48 inches.

In the meanwhile he also passed the Entrance examination from Vidyasagar school in 1909. He also received training in Hindustani classical music from Kaukav Khan and used to attend the musical soirees of Narendranath Basu.Sengupta, S. (ed.)...
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