Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ashwini Nachappa

Ashwini Nachappa is an Olympian Athlete,Film actress,Educationist and Social worker from Karnataka State.She was a popular athlete during the 80's and 90's and during the 90's she has acted as female lead of five Telugu films opposite top actors.She got accolades and much popularity when she outran the sprint queen P.T.Usha on two occasions.P.T.Usha finished behind her at the open Nationals, New Delhi and after two weeks in the International Invitational Permit Meet in 1991.
Ashwini Nachappa was born on 21st October 1967 and during her childhood the family shifted to Bangalore and received training in the vast  Kanteerava stadium ground near their residence by Mahender Singh Gill.
She earned fame when she became first and received Gold medal for her state in the All India Open Nationals at Mangalore.In the Mangalore Nationals she was the fastest woman and Anand Shetty fastest man.She was called as Flo Jo (Florence Griffith Joyner) of India.
She was one of the most  glamorous girl of Indian athletics during that period.
She participated in  the 1988 Seoul Olympics but due to injury she was forced out of the trials for the Barcelona Olympics.
She won four Gold medals in 100 m ,200 m, 400 m and the 4x100 relay at the Calcutta Nationals in 1992.
She represented India in three South Asian Federation Games,1984 in Nepal and won two silver medals,1986 at Bangladesh and won two silver medals,1988 in Pakistan and won three gold medals.She participated in two Asian Games one in 1986 in South Korea and another in 1990 in Beijing-China.She represented India in 1987 World Championship at Rome and another in 1991 at Tokyo.
She received the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1990.
Ashwini's popularity and glamour queen image earned her many film proposals at that time and she accepted some of them and acted as heroine of five Telugu films 
'Inspector Ashwini'(92) directed by Mouli was one of her films which was a big success in which Anandh Babu,Ashwini Nachappa,Brahmanandam,Babu Mohan etc acted.
In the film 'Andaru Andare' (1995) Vindod Kumar,Ashwini Nachappa,Shubhasree,Krishnam etc acted.
Other films are 'Ashwini (91),Aarambham (93),and Miss 420 (95).
She got Best New comer award from Andhra Pradesh  State Government for films and Tamil Cine Film Critics Award also.
She is currently  running an ICSE School in the name of her husband Datta Karaumbiah at Gonnikoppa, a small town in  Coorg as Karaumbiah's Academy for Learning and Sports.In the school premises Ashwini's sports school is functioning which gives training in athletics,hockey,swimming,tennis and badminton.The ICSE shool has classes from Kindergarten to Class XII.
She is involved in many social activities and is  also a founding member of 'Clean Sports India'.She is also currently the President of the Bangalore Urban District Athlete Association.

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