Wrestling gave Dara Singh name and fame, won the hearts of the audience with Hanuman's character

Nov 19 2019 07:07 AM
Wrestling gave Dara Singh name and fame, won the hearts of the audience with Hanuman's character

Today is the birthday of the country's most famous wrestler Dara Singh. On this day in 1928, Dara Singh Randhawa was born in Dharmuchak, Amritsar, Punjab. His father's name was Surat Singh Randhawa and mother's name was Balwant Kaur. Dara Singh was a lover of wrestling since childhood. Since childhood, Dara Singh, along with his younger brother, goes to wrestling ceremonies in the surrounding districts to watch wrestling. Both of them wrestled many wrestlers. In 1947, Dara Singh reached Singapore to get his wrestling iron. Dara Singh spread his fame by beating Malaysian champion Tarlok Singh here. It was from here that the new journey of Dara Singh's career began.

Became Indian wrestling champion in 1954. He then became the Commonwealth Champion. World champion Kyng Kong also could not stand ahead of Dara. While Dara Singh was earning a name from his wrestling, some people were passing this exasperation. Canada's champion George Guardianca and New Zealand wrestler John DeSilva openly challenged Dara Singh in Kolkata in 1959. Dara defeated both of them. Along with wrestling, Dara Singh also worked in films. Dara Singh's first film in 1952 was Sangdil. But the 1962 film King Kong gave him a real identity. The film was also based on wrestling. Dara Singh acted in about 100 films. In 1968, Dara Singh defeated American champion of freestyle wrestling Lau Thej. And with this victory, he became the world champion. In 1983, he said goodbye to wrestling.

Dara Singh fought around 500 professional wrestles and did not face defeat even for a single time. He was awarded the title of Rustom-Hind in 1954 and Rustom-Punjab in 1966. In 1996, his name is in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. Dara Singh was also a Rajya Sabha MP from 2003 to 2009.

Dara Singh also won the hearts of the audience by playing the character of Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar serial Ramayana.  Dara Singh died on 12 July 2012.

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