Ever since this ancient times, when documentation was not easy as like modern era, the survival of many arts like yoga & yogic exercises etc. was dependent solely on the Guru (Master) & his disciples. The master performer use to teach his disciples keeping the art alive .Mallkhamb is no exception for this Indian Traditional culture & practice of passing it to the next generation. For Mallkhamb the present 5th generation is carrying forward & keeping the high flag flying, resulting in even growing popularity not only in India but also throughout the globe.
We should therefore remember all those Gurus who knew from Alpha to Omega of Mallkhamb fortheir incredible contribution & keeping alive this art of Mallkhamb.
We must pay our tributes to all the teachers, coaches & performers who kept this Indian art of Mallkhamb alive for over 2 centuries in its original & true form in general & during the adverse conditions of movement of Indian freedom fighting in particular.
Today the widespread tree of Mallkhamb is further growing vigorously. However to a large extent, it is possible to track down the origin & the branches of Mallkhamb from available records, references & few books.
We should remember valuable contribution of the teachers, coaches & of course the performers who really kept alive the art of Mallkhamb even after 200 ., years of its origin & even through the extraordinary difficult situation of freedom fighting.
It is possible to trace the branchesof this well spread tree of Mallkhamb only with the help of some literatures & books like ‘Vyayamdnyankosh (Encyclopedia of Indian Culture or Vyayam mag~ines etc. that were published in the early)
20th century, But fact remains that even ‘Vyayamdnyankosh’ is also not a complete book as far as the history of Mallkhamb is concerned as there is not a single word of one full major branch that flourished in the same city of ‘Vadodara where this book was written & published.
This informative booklet is just to respect our true ‘Guru’s & to salute to all these legends of Mallkhamb.
Some of the legends are there behind the screen whose information & pictures etc. are not available with us. But still with some of their available references we can imagine their contribution in the Mallkhamb.
Mr. Takejamal is the first person according to me whose history I am not at all available. But a single line reference shows that Mr. Takejamal was the first performer to demonstrate this art of Mallkhamb to the foreigner (British Resident of Pune Sir Elphniston. Also in another line, Mr. Takejamal was stated as the trainer of Mallkhamb to kings of Vadodara & hence Sir Jummadada also training with the kings became his pet student. This Jummadada created the history by molding the grate legend not only of Mallkhamb but also of many Indian cultures & also the official setting of the orders of Indian military.
Some legends are still working hard to take this game to its peak… Their contribution is also not to be overlooked.
All these legends are placed on a chart that is also provided in this book. Life history of only few legends is compiled as in all other cases the references are not available except their names.
We are in a process of obtaining more information of an individual personality & plan to publish separate book of each legend in near future.
Trust, the readers will definitely find this chapter informative & as guideline for their lives which would act as grate booster & inspiration for further progress of Mallkhamb.
In the Mallkhamb history, two places mentioned prominently are Saptashringi & Kothure. Saptashringi at Wani. Nashik is the birthplace of Mallkhamb & Kothure is the birthplace of founder of Mallkhamb – Sir Balambhatt Dada Deodhar.
Both these place, even today are very peaceful & really ‘Untouched’ by the perversed modernisation. It is really worth to visit them once in a life.