In the field of arts culture, politics and social, various people have made Assam’s name shine in the world court. Similarly Dipankar Bhattacharjee has a glorious history for Assam in the field of sports. Bhattacharjee is one of the many sportspersons who has made history in the sports world of Assam. Assam’s pride the player was able to hold a distinct place in the Badminton region across India in the nineties 90s through his talent and skills. From the nineties to the present day, the field of Badminton is not complete without the name of Dipankar Bhattacharjee. He was a national level coach and a contemporary player of skilled Badminton player P Gopichand.
Biography of Dipankar Bhattacharjee
|Date of Birth||1st February, 1972|
|Place of Birth||Guwahati|
|Education||1/ Kendriya Vidyalaya|
2/ Cotton College, Guwahati.
3/ S.P.Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.
|Awards||1/ Sub-Junior National Championship (Runner-up), 1980, Guwahati, |
2/ Junior National Champion, 1987 Chennai,
3/Three-time National Badminton Championship winner
4/ Won a two-time runner-up title at the National Badminton Championship.
5/ Representing India in the Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta Olympics in (1996).
6/ Earn Pride to be the first Olympian from Assam.
7/ Dipankar Bhattacharya was also nominated for Arjuna award, the highest honour in the world of sports.
Dipankar Bhattacharjee the son of Assam, is a well-known Badminton player of the nineties 90s. Dipankar Bhattacharjee, who has named Assam as well as India in many national and international competitions, is one of the first round Badminton players. He was established in a racial affair through his own skills in the world of sports. He was the first athlete from Assam to represent India in the Olympics, considered to be the oldest and most prestigious sports competitor in the world. Importantly, he is the only male shuttler in India who have participated twice in the Olympics, the largest sporting event held in the world. He was agile in nature during his childhood days. He was introduced to Badminton by his father Ishwar Bhattacharjee at a very young age to overcome his playful nature (agility). His father took his son to practice at a Cemented Court near his residence in Guwahati. He was only five years old at that time. Father Ishwar Bhattacharjee is the first coach of Dipankar Bhattacharjee. Importantly, Dipankar Bhattacharjee’s father Ishwar Bhattacharjee trained his child to attract towards Badminton, In addition to doing so, various competitions were organized in a local basis at Kanaklata Indoor Stadium in Guwahati to attract other children’s to Badminton as well.
Apart from his father Ishwar Bhattacharjee, Dipankar Bhattacharjee was also trained in badminton with several national and state level talent coaches. Among them the major ones are Prakash Padukone, Vimal Kumar, Mr. Veedu etc.
From 1994 to1998, Dipankar Bhattacharjee got trained in badminton by Prakash Padukone in Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy. Importantly, the first student of Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy was Dipankar Bhattacharya. Prakash Padukone as a coach looked at all aspects of Dipankar Bhattacharjee. He pointed out every weak side of Dipankar Bhattacharjee. And Bhattacharjee later corrected his weak sides and became one of the strongest players in the country.
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Dipankar Bhattacharjee as a Sportsman
Dipankar Bhattacharjee, who has participated in various national and international level competitions, won three times and won the runner-up title twice by participating in India’s National Badminton Championship Competition. He also won the runners-up honour by participating in the Sub-Junior National Championship held in Guwahati in 1980. Dipankar Bhattacharjee, on the other hand, won the Junior National Championship held in Chennai in 1987. Importantly, he gradually participated in the world’s largest sporting event representing India at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Positively, he was ranked eighth in the world at the 1992 Olympics held in Barcelona.
The audience was attracted towards the performance style of Dipankar Bhattacharjee’s Badminton. He was able to fascinate the audience by playing fast and with patience. Importantly, Prakash Padukone, a renowned Indian athlete and awardee the Arjuna Award, the highest honour in the sports arena and the Padma Shri award for best civilian honour, also praised Dipankar Bhattacharya’s performance technique many times.
Importantly, Dipankar Bhattacharjee was injured many times whether it was in practice or during his participation in the competition. But at that time there were various problems in India including lack of infrastructure for the treatment of the players in a proper way or properly. Due to which Bhattacharjee could not recover completely from the injury. He later retired from the professional Badminton match after last participating in the National Championship held in his native Guwahati in 2004. After retirement, Dipankar Bhattacharya started a badminton coaching center in Guwahati called “Iswarati Center for Badminton Learning” or ICBL.
Next Period of Sportsman Life
Dipankar Bhattacharjee has continued his efforts to initiation of change in the badminton sector. He has tried to transform a player, from a badminton player into a successful sports entrepreneur. He wants to popularize and commercialize badminton. Through which badminton game can also be chosen as a profession. Importantly Dipankar Bhattacharjee also served as the mentor of Indian Collegiate Athletic Program.
Dipankar Bhattacharjee, currently a resident of Raigarh district of Maharashtra, has started a Badminton Academy there as well. The trainee’s response to the badminton academy started in Raizada Hansraj Stadium is also positive. One of the goals of Dipankar Bhattacharjee is to create trainees from among the trainees to ensure medals in the Olympics.
Importantly, Dipankar Bhattacharjee has launched a mission called Mission Olympic Gold — 2024 – with his trainees. He has formed a group with trainees aged 17 to 19. His Mission Olympic Gold – 2024 not only did depend on the skill of the Badminton game, he also focused on mental toughness, healthy food, and nutrious food. According to Dipankar Bhattacharjee all this should be emphasized if we want to achieve success at the international level. Otherwise it is not possible to succeed.
In addition, Dipankar Bhattacharjee has appointed Malaysia’s Mohammed Hairi Bin Matzuber to train his academy trainees. Positively, every trainee is ready to take everything seriously and play for the country. This is a positive message for the whole of India.
The academy, which started on August 5th in 2015, several national level players have trained in this academy. Importantly, Anirban Bhattacharjee, son of Dipankar Bhattacharjee, is also a trainee of this academy.
P. Gopichand as well as Dipankar Bhattacharjee’s contribution to ushering in a new direction in the field of Badminton in India is immense. Importantly, in the 1990s, there were many other ancillary issues in the sports sector across India in parallel with the problem of infrastructure.
There were various problems which arise, out of financial problems, like visa to play abroad, currency problems etc. But facing each and every challenge, P Gopichand, Dipankar Bhattacharjee managed to bring success through hard work and concentration. Mission Olympic Gold — 2024 is not easy but Bhattacharjee continues to try to achieve success in this mission.
From India’s leading S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai; MBA Graduate Dipankar Bhattacharjee is currently serving as director of Oil India Corporation in Mumbai.
Though Dipankar Bhattacharjee works at a multinational company, in the midst of his busy schedule, he spent time for the trainees of his Badminton Academy to create a Badminton star in the future. According to Bhattacharjee, Once a sportsperson, always a sportsperson. He got married to Kolkata’s resident Dalia Banerjee in 2001. And they also have one son.
Inspiration helps the generations to move forward. Talented players from Assam like Dipankar Bhattacharjee are a source of inspiration for the younger generation. Dipankar Bhattacharjee as an efficient and potentially badminton player is a skilled player of a single and unique personality not only in Assam but also in the field of Badminton for the whole of India. He opened the way by participating as the first Assamese at the Olympics, the world’s largest sports event. Assamese will always be proud of his achievements as an Assamese. He cut a path in the field of badminton and his ideals inspired many Assamese youth to move forward in the field of sports.
1. When and where was Dipankar Bhattacharjee born?
Ans: He was born in 1st February, 1972 at Guwahati.
2. When and where did Dipankar Bhattacharjee won Junior National Championship?
Ans: He won Junior National Championship held in Chennai in 1987.
3. When did he participated in Barcelona Olympics and what position did he won?
Ans: He participated in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and ranked eight in the world.
4. When did he participated in Atlanta Olympics?
Ans: He participated in Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
5. What is the name of Dipankar Bhattacharjee badminton coaching center at Guwahati?
Ans: “Iswarati Center for Badminton Learning” or ICBL.
6. What is the name of the mission that Dipankar Bhattacharjee launched?
Ans: He launched a mission called Mission Olympic Gold — 2024 – with his trainees.
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