Dara Singh

  • Birthday: 19. November 1928
  • Birthplace: Dharmuchak (now Amritsar district), British India
  • Awards: National Wrestling Alliance: Canadian Open Tag Team Champion, with Yukon Eric, Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame - Class of 1996

Biography

Dara Singh (19 November 1928 – 12 July 2012) was an Indian wrestler-turned-actor. He started acting in 1952 and was the first sportsman to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha (upper house) of India. He worked as Hindi and Punjabi film producer, director and writer, and he acted on film and television.

Dara Singh was born on 19 November in 1928 in the village of Dharmuchak, which was then a part of British Punjab and as of 2012 is in Amritsar district.

As an adult he was 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall, weighed 127 kilograms (280 lb) and had a chest measurement of 53 inches (130 cm). Due to his physique, he was encouraged to take up Pehlwani, an Indian style of wrestling. He wrestled by invitation of the kings of Indian princely states and wrestled frequently in haats and melas (fairs and carnivals).


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