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Arati Gupta
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Arati Saha on a 1999 stamp of India
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Native name Ārati Sāhā (আরতি সাহা)
Birth name Arati Saha
Nationality Indian
Born (1940-09-24)24 September 1940
Kolkata, Bengal, British India
Died 23 August 1994(1994-08-23) (aged 53)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Spouse(s) Dr. Arun Gupta
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, Long-distance swimming, Breaststroke
Club Hatkhola Swimming Club
Coach Sachin Nag

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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