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Looking for Parsi Body Builders
By:Namara Parsi, Karachi
Date: Monday, 6 November 2017, 9:32 pm

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Looking for Parsi Body Builders / Strong men
by Namara Parsi

Let me also take a moment to introduce myself.
I am working in the History Department of the SNDT College and am working on a project for the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute on Parsi Physical Culture Clubs in Karachi.
I am looking at Parsi body builders, strong men, athletes and wrestlers as well as some of the institutions that they had founded in the early twentieth century. I am particularly interested in the career of Tehmsap Sarkari (who also founded a physical culture home which was certainly functional upto 1949) and B.C. Guzder who founded the Guzder Health Home. [References to both these men are found in Darukhanawala Parsis and Sports]. However I haven't been able to track the exact location of these institutes or even find any information about these remarkable men despite my scouring of archival material both in Gujarati and in English.
I'm also interested in the history of the Marker's Health Home and have spoken to some old timers and got some information. I have also had some success with the Petit Gymnastic Institute on which there is much material in the State Archives and newspapers. So broadly I am looking at recovering the histories of Parsi physical culturists and institutions, which have not been documented in detail in the existing community histories.
I was hoping if I could receive any help or insight in this regard.

Thank you.
Best Regards,

Namrata Ganneri