Meet Khalil Oghab: “The father of Iranian circus”

September 16, 2020 - 19:29

Older people well know "Khalil Oghab" who found fame from Zurkhaneh, then became renowned across Iran and worldwide. He says: "I'm the father of the Iranian circus," and surely he is.

Born Khalil Tariqat Peyma in 1924, the athlete acted as a stuntman in different world countries and set a record which is far to be broken, ISNA reported on Monday. 
Oghab was famous for bending heavy metal beams, scrolling, support feats and getting ran over by cars. In his best performing days in Iran, he was able to attract a crowd of as much as 50,000 people in a single event in the 1960s.

After long journey of about 20 years, Khalil Oghab settled down in Italy where he founded a circus called “Iran and Italy”. He has performed athletic performances in more than 37 countries. Oghab came back to Iran in 1991 after being invited by the Iranian government, along with sixty performers working for him in a circus.

In 1971, his name was put on the list of Guinness World Records when he carried 450 kg in teeth. He says he is proud of his work because it made Iran glorified once again.

As he said, he was in England when lifted a 1.4-ton elephant. English newspapers called Khalil Oghab (Khalil the Eagle) an Iranian prodigy.

Speaking about his childhood, Khalil Oghab said his family did not hope he would remain alive because he has been thin and weak at his early age.

He went on to say that he traveled to Europe at the invitation of a reputable circus there when he was about 50.

For two decades, he visited over 37 world countries and worked as a stuntman to show his art and power in different global circuses.

As he announced, he has also acted in many movies.

About three decades ago, he decided to come back home to launch the first ever Iranian circus under the global criteria and standards.

Since then up to three years ago, he along with his son- Ebrahim- and members of his family has been performing on stage.

He said a documentary about him, his life and his achievements will be screened in next months.

Pahlevan Oghab, 96, says he is living with his wife and in good conditions in southern Iranian city of Shiraz.

The names of Pahlevans and other famous people who have done a lot to keep their country's dignity may sometimes be forgotten; but we as journalists have duty to keep them famous.



  • 2020-09-17 00:35
    What a wonderful life... one giving joys to others. Congratulations. An American who wishes she could see his circus.

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