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Exploring the History of Pehlwani

A group of 12 young people are leading this project exploring the history of Panjabi Wrestling, known as Pehlwani.

They have undertaken research with an historian of the sport, taken part in workshops to understand the role of the sport in Panjabi heritage, culture and religion and also how it arrived in the UK with the diaspora who came from India and Pakistan from the 1950s. They have been working with a wrestling coach from Slough Wrestling Club to learn the actual skills of wrestling that are currently being lost.

The group have learnt oral history and film making skills from digital:works and conducted interviews with older members of the UK based Panjabi community to explore and record the history of the sport. The interviews have also be edited to create an informative oral history based documentary.

This project website and blog has been developed as the project progressed and houses the full interviews. The edited film will appear here also following the official launch screening in early 2019. Resources generated will also be given to archives.

A launch event will be presented by the young people to an audience followed by a Q&A and discussion in early 2019.

We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Slough Wrestling Club for financially supporting this project.