- Mallkhamb at the National level first made its appearance at the National Gymnastics Championships held at the Pahadganj Stadium, Delhi, in the year 1958
- Gymnastic Federation of India proposed to recognize the game and include it in subsequent National Gymnastics Championsh
The earliest mention of Mallkhamb can be traced back to the 12th Century where it is mentioned in the classic “MANASOLHAS” (1135 A.D.).For about seven centuries after that, the art form remained dormant until it was given a new lease of life by BALAMBHATTADADA DEODHAR, the renowned teacher of PESHWA BAJIRAO-II during the first half of the 19th century.
However, competitive Mallkhamb at the National level first made its appearance at the National Gymnastics Championships held at the Pahadganj Stadium, Delhi, in the year 1958. It was here that the Gymnastic Federation of India proposed to recognize the game and include it in subsequent National Gymnastics Championsh
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.