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Gama Pahelwan in London

Here is a historic photograph taken in 1910 of the legendary Gama Pahelwan during his Lonodn visit. The photograph is taken from Rustamuz Zaman, a book on Gama Pahelwan published in 1960 (other details are not known). The photograph is provided by Karachi’s Rashid Ashraf who is selflessly serving Urdu by placing lakhs of scanned pages of old book on the Net at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/rashid_ashraf/  http://www.scribd.com/zest70pk/documents / www.wadi-e-urdu.com. This site has around 350 rare Urdu books for which Rashid Ashraf, alover of Urdu who is engineer by profession, has scanned over 60,000 pages. The collection includes many autobiographies written in Urdu in India and Pakistan as well as material on Ibn Safi which may not be available anywhere else.   

From right to left: Imam Bakhsh, Ahmad Bakhsh, Jon Blol, Gama, Gamoo Jalandhri

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2014 on page no. 13

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