Kalpana Debnath


Indian Gymnastics.

Kalpana Debnath is an Indian gymnast from Tripura who received the Arjuna Award in 2000 for her contributions to Indian gymnastics. She is the second Arjuna awardee from Tripura after Mantu Debnath. She was trained by Dalip SinghAmong the first generation of Tripura gymnasts to make a mark was Kalpana Debnath, who won all the gold medals at the Surat National Championship in 1978. It seemed that the next step was a medal at a major international event. But that never happened. Gymnastics in Tripura has been limited by obsolete infrastructure, lack of encouragement and government apathy — the story of many sports in India — till Karmakar brought renewed attention to it with her bronze.