|Deepika Kumari Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||June 13, 1994|
Deepika Kumari is an Indian professional archer who is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of the sport in the country. She has won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2021 Guatemala City Archery World Cup (women’s individual event), the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games (recurve individual and recurve team events), and the 2013 Taipei Asian Archery Championships (mixed team event). Deepika had clinched the ‘Silver’ medal at the 2011 Torino World Archery Championships (women’s team event), the 2015 Copenhagen World Archery Championships (women’s team event), the 2015 Bangkok Asian Archery Championships (recurve team event), and the 2011 Tehran Asian Archery Championships (recurve team event). She had secured the ‘Bronze’ medal at the 2019 Bangkok Asian Archery Championships (mixed team and team events), the 2015 Bangkok Asian Archery Championships (mixed team event), and the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. As of August 2021, she had held the world number 1 ranking in women’s recurve archery.
Deepika Kumari Mahato
Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
- Father – Shivnarayan Mahato (Auto-Rickshaw Driver)
- Mother – Geeta Mahato (Nurse)
- Others – Amit Das (Father-in-Law), Arati Das (Mother-in-Law)
She is represented by Baseline Ventures, Sports Marketing, Entertainment & Brand Licensing Company, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
56 kg or 123.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Deepika has dated –
- Atanu Das (2020-Present) – Deepika got married to fellow Indian professional archer Atanu Das on June 30, 2020, in a ceremony in her hometown of Ranchi.
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Long, straight, dense, hair
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
- Often sports a nose ring
Deepika Kumari Facts
- She had developed an interest in archery from a very young age and used to improve her aim by throwing stones at mango trees as her parents could not afford modern archery equipment. She would also often train herself by using homemade bamboo bows and arrows. A cousin of hers, then an archer residing at the Tata Archery Academy, had helped her hone her skills.
- She had joined the Arjun Archery Academy in 2005 and her professional archery journey began a year later after she had joined the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. This was the first time in her life that she was training with both the proper equipment as well as a uniform.
- During her first 3 years at the academy, her training was so intense that she had returned home just once. This was after she had won the Cadet World Championship title in November 2009. In June 2012, she had become the world number 1 in women’s recurve archery, just 6 years after turning professional.
- For her services to archery, she was honored with the prestigious ‘Arjuna Award’, the 2nd-highest sporting honor of India, in 2012. 4 years later, she had been honored with the ‘Padma Shri’ by the Government of India, the country’s 4th-highest civilian award.
- In 2017, a biographical documentary based on her life, titled Ladies First, was released. The film won an award at the London Independent Film Festival and was screened at the Mallorca Film Festival in October 2017. It had also been submitted in the ‘Short Documentary’ category at the Oscars.
Featured Image by Deepika Kumari / Instagram