There are loads of women who through their sheer hard work, intelligence and dedication have reached pinnacles of success. These women are the role models who have inspired other girls to try out new things, break the traditional mold and reach the sky. Here are some of the topmost women achievers from the state of Karnataka
Born in 1956, Arundhati Nag is a theatre and film actress active for more than two decades. She works in multilingual theatre and till date has worked in various Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, English and Hindi productions. She has received critical acclaim for her work in Kannada theater and movies. The quality theater venture, Ranga Shankara has been built by Arundhati Nag. She is the recipient of Padma Shri, National Film Awards, and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
Born in Kerala in 1966, Anita Nair is an English writer with most of her period spent in Bengaluru. Nair wrote her first book “Satyr of the Subway” during her stint as a creative director in Bangalore’s advertising agency. The book won her Virginia Center for the Creative Art fellowship. She is one of the bestselling fiction authors and poetess and has won several prestigious awards for works translated in 21 languages.
A swimmer from Bengaluru and an Arjuna Award winner, Nisha Millet was born in 1982. She was the only girl swimmer in the 2000 Sydney Olympics Indian team. She is the topmost swimmer in India having won all the freestyle gold medals at the Senior National Level. Nisha has represented India at World Championships, 1998 Asian Games and even have won medals for the country at SAF Games and Afro-Asian Games. She is the only athlete to win 14 gold medals in 1999 at the National Games.
She is the first woman fighter pilot from South India who is highly adventurous by nature right from childhood. The sixth woman pilot from India completed her Stage I training in Kiran and Pilatus trainer aircraft. Later on, she joined the next level training in Bidar’s IAF base on the British Hawk aircraft.
Prema Nandapatti is the first and the only female Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) driver who has broken all traditional molds and set a new example. She quit her job as a nurse in 2009 and took up driving when her husband passed away as a means of livelihood. She has a no accident record. Fellow drivers often call her daredevil. She aims to drive Vayu Vajra airport buses in the future.
Born on June 9, 1950, B. Jayashree is a veteran director, theatre actor, and singer. She has acted in televisions and films and even have dubbed for many films. She is also a creative director at a Bangalore-based amateur theatre company, Spandana Theatre established in 1976. B. Jayashree received Padmashri in 2013.
The first-ever woman film-maker of Kannada cinema, Prema Karanth is a renowned Indian theatre personality. She is also well known for the children’s plays. Her first directorial venture in Kannada was Phaniyamma released in 1983.
Born on 16 October 1992, Veda Krishnamurthy is an Indian cricketer who made her debut internationally during a one-day international at Derby against England in 2011. The right-handed batswoman bowls right-arm leg break and scored 51 runs in her debut match.
Born in 1950 Sudha Murthy’s name does not need any introduction. The Chairperson of Infosys Foundation started her career as a computer engineer and scientist and has pioneered multiple new ventures. She is a social worker, teacher, inspirational human being, and a prolific Kannada and English writer. Sudha Murthy is also a member of the Gates Foundation public health care initiatives.
She has contributed hugely to the development of rural areas and founded multiple orphanages. She was instrumental in the formation of computer and library facilities in Karnataka government schools. Sudha Murthy also formed “The Murthy Classical Library of India” at the Harvard University.
The Indian environmentalist from Karnataka has been honored with India’s National Citizen’s Award. She received appreciation for her work of planting and taking care of 384 banyan tree planted on the highway between Hulikal and Kudul stretching for 4 km.
With no formal education, Sallumarada Thimmakka is the winner of many prestigious awards. Her work has inspired the USA to name an environmental education institute in Los Angeles and Oakland, California, “Thimmakka’s Resources for Environmental Education,” on her name.
So, this was about Women achievers from the state of Karnataka and the list goes on and on. We are thankful to Women in many ways for their love, sacrifice, and unconditional passion towards the life around.
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