Arati Saha facts for kids
Arati Saha on a 1999 stamp of India
|Native name||Ārati Sāhā (আরতি সাহা)|
|Birth name||Arati Saha|
24 September 1940|
Kolkata, Bengal, British India
|Died||23 August 1994
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Arun Gupta|
|Strokes||Freestyle, Long-distance swimming, Breaststroke|
|Club||Hatkhola Swimming Club|
Arati Gupta (née Saha; 24 September 1940 – 23 August 1994) was an Indian Bengali long-distance swimmer, best known for becoming the first Asian woman to swim across the English Channel on 29 September 1959. In 1960, she became the first Indian sportswoman to be awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour in India. Born in Kolkata, India, Arati had been introduced to swimming at the early age of four. Her precocious talent was spotted by Sachin Nag, and later she was inspired by the ace Indian swimmer Mihir Sen to try to cross the English Channel.
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