Prakash Padukone is a badminton player by profession who plays for India at International levels. He is also the co-founder of Gold Quest along with GeetSethi.It is a sports foundation whose aim is to promote sports in India. He was born on 10 June 1955 in Bangalore, Mysore state of India. His father’s name was Ramesh Padukone, and his mother’s name was Ahilya Padukone.
The name of his village is Padukone after which his surname was kept as his ancestors belonged to that village only. He got married toUjjala, and they had an arranged marriage set by their parents like the Indian Hindu system. He has two daughters named
who is one of the top, highest paid, and most successful actresses in Bollywood and Anisha Padukone who is a golf player by profession.
Deepika is elder than Anisha. His father worked as a secretary at the Mysore Badminton Association through which he introduced him to the game of Badminton at a young age. His interest in this game developed and increased very soon. His first official tournament in which he participated in 1962 was Karnataka State Junior Championship where he lost in the first round only and got eliminated.
Later, he won the title of state junior in 1964, and after this tournament, his career graph went on increasing at a very fast pace. His style of playing progressed with time and at the age of 16, he became the winner of National Senior Championship in the year 1971 that also made him the youngest player to have reached this level of success.
He is also the first Indian winner of All England Championship held in 1980. His winning motivated the Indians, and badminton became one of the most famous sports in India. He has also received many other honorable titles such as Danish and Swedish Opens, World Cup, and World Grand Pix. His first International title won by him was in Commonwealth Games held in Edmonton, Canada. He also won the most prestigious Arjuna Award for badminton.
He took retirement from the game of Badminton as a player in the year 1991. He is the founder of an academy named as the “Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy” which is the first privately managed Badminton Academy of India. After taking retirement as a player, he worked at the position of the chairman of Badminton Association of India. He also worked as the coach of the National Badminton Team of India from 1993 to 1996.