The Sher-e-Punjab dangal was held on June 26, 2011 in Lahore. Held in the memory of wrestling greats Bholu Pehlwan and Gama Pehlwan, the event was a serious effort that aimed at bringing back traditional sports, including Kushti, to the fore.
Amidst loud music, cheers and boos and lots of encouragement, the wrestlers battled it out in a no holds barred manner. Shahid Khoyaywala and Nadir Daar made it to the final round. Khoyaywala successfully defended his title and emerged as the winner. – Text and photos by M. Rizwan Buttar, a traveler and photographer.