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Tripura: Dipa Karmakar uncertain to participate in World Gymnastics Championship

Agartala, June 21, 2017: Dipa Karmakar is uncertain about her participation in the World Gymnastics Championship due to her leg-injury. But her coach Bisweshwar Nandi is about to request Sports Authority of India to allow Dipa to accompany the India team going to participate in the event.

The Championship will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
“Dipa’s participation in World Gymnastics Championship is uncertain as it depends how fast she recovers. Currently, her re-hab is going on and it is expected to be continued for two-and-half months. If she feels she can do well in the event, she could. But if she can’t, I am thinking to request Sports Authority of India to allow Dipa to accompany the national team, though it is not decided,” Nandi said.
Dipa arrived in New Delhi along with three gymnasts of the state- Ashmita Paul, Abhishek Sinha and Priyanka Dasgupta for the training camp at Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium. Dipa is now targeting to give her better performance in Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia next year.
Dipa got a knee injury and underwent an Anterior Cruciate Ligament ( ACL) surgery in Mumbai. She bagged fourth position in Rio Olympics. She became the first female gymnast from India to take part in Olympics.
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Tripura: Olympian ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar critically injured, might miss Asian Championships 

Agartala, April 04: Olympian ace gymnast and Tripura’s golden girl Dipa Karmakar sustained a major leg injury that now poses serious challenges for her participation in the Asian Championships scheduled in May this year.

While practising at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi, Dipa sustained injuries in the ligament of her feet. She underwent a critical Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery at Mumbai under supervision of Dr. Anant Joshi. Dr. Joshi is a renowned surgeon who has performed numerous delicate operations including legendary cricket superstar and the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar.

Sources close to Dipa today informed that she might not be able to perform in the Asian Games scheduled to be held at Thailand from next month.

However, no confirmation could be gained from her family or her coach Bisweswar Nandi. Nandi couldn’t be reached over the telephone. However, Dipa’s father Dulal Karmakar, who is a sports person himself, said that the news was shocking. He hoped for speedy recovery of his daughter.

In a tweet from her official Twitter handle, Dipa Karmakar today said, “Hi Everyone! There is an update here. I was injured while practising and have underwent an ACL surgery. Rehabilitation has started. I shall return soon”. (Ek update hain. Mujhe recently practice mein injury hua aur ACL ka surgey hua hain. Rehab shuru hai, jaldi wapis aaungi.”)

Dipa happens to be the first Indian gymnast to have contested at the Olympics events in the Rio Olympics. She landed the fourth position, narrowly missing the medal. However, Karmakar surely won billions of hearts with her Produnova vault.

The 23 year old ace athlete Dipa Karmakar had a rigorous journey from a trainee at Vivekakanda Byamagar to being a state champion, national champion, Commonwealth Games medalist and an Olympian.

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These women prove Tripura is more than just about Dipa Karmakar & Sourabhee Debbarma!

AGARTALA, March 13: If Tripura believes in restricting its applause to Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar or first female Indian Idol – Sourabhee Debbarma as celebrated women, there is need to give another thought as many women, especially indigenous women amidst limited scope for them, had contribution in arts, education and culture. But they were not highlighted in the modern age. Priyanka Deb Barman traces some of them to get in-depth details of their contribution in different sectors. When ‘Purdah system’ was an obvious part of women’s life, many of them didn’t restrict them within prescribed rules but focused on their inner-creativity and left imprints in culture, art, music and dance. Maharani Tulsivati, Queen of Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya, Kamalprabha Devi, daughter of Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya Bahadur, Savita Debbarma, Papiya Devi, Bithika Debbarma and Radharani Debbarma are among them.

“There were many notable women personalities in the royal regime. Maharani Tulsivati and Kamalprabha Devi, Anangomohini Devi were among those women who made a great contribution in arts and crafts. Maharani Tulsivati was a lyricist, Kamalprabha Devi was  skilled in making bamboo handicrafts. It was heard that she was a good Kathak dancer too. Anangomohini Devi was also a great poetess,” said Dhabal Krishna Debbarma, renowned and veteran cultural artist.

“My mother was a good handicraft artist during those times though she had no formal training. In her time, there was purdah system and tutors used to come at Andarmahal to teach them. She was the first princess to break this purdah system,” Jishnu Deb Barman, son of Kamalprabha Devi said. Kamalprabha Devi is now 103 years old.

Savita Debbarma has an intimate relation with her pen and paper since childhood which was a means to express her feelings and ideas. Her addiction to writing landed her as an author. In 2014, her first book on Bengali short stories – ‘Patar Bhela Bhashai Neer e’ was launched in Agartala.

Savita, nearly 76 years old still take out time amidst her busy domestic affairs, to sit with her pen and paper, at least for once. “Writing has been my passion since I was in my childhood days. I loved to write poems on my own besides my study. I even had visited many newspaper houses to get my poems published. Many of my poems had been published as well many years ago,” Savita said.

Completing Madhyamik from Maharani Tulsivati School, Savita Debbarma had graduated from Calcutta University in 1971-72. Later, she earned training from teachers’ training centre in Agartala. She had joined as teacher in a junior-basic school in 1959 and then got selected in an interview of Social Welfare and Social Education Department from where she had done a diploma in teachers’ training from the Blind Relief Association in New Delhi in 1993. She then joined as blind educator and retired as principal in 1996. She was the first female in the state to get the diploma from this Association in her time.

“I got married when I was 19.  My mother Anurupa Devi asked me never to give up study even if I might get involved in domestic affairs. I was lucky enough to get inspiration from my mother and mother-in-law to complete my graduation,” said the retired principal who now works as social activist.
She even acted as member of Tripura Commission for Women and chairperson of a blind association in the state. Her one elder sister – Radharani Debbarma was the first female air-hostess of the state. After completing her Madhyamik from Maharani Tulsivati School, Radharani though took admission to study Home Science in Kolkata; she didn’t complete it and then cracked an interview of air-hostess job in Indian Airlines.

“My sister was very daring. During that time, people don’t look air-hostess job as respectable job. Our family also didn’t like it much. And she left the job after few months and joined Postal department,” Sabita said. Unfortunately, Radharani died of cancer around 11 years ago. Bithika Debbarma, currently in her eighties recalled her journey starting from a clerical job to deputy secretary in the state’s Civil Secretariat.

She is possibly the first woman administrative officer in Secretariat. “There was no women employee in Secretariat post-independence. One day, secretary of the then Chief Commissioner – V Nanjappa came to my father and wanted to know for his daughters to join the Ministers’ office as clerk. My elder sister – Dipali Debbarma agreed as she had acquired typewriting skill. After few days of her joining, I also had applied for the post and joined as Lower Division clerk on July, 1953,” she said recalling those days. Being a science graduate from Maharaja Bir Bikram College, Bithika Debbarma got promoted to section officer and retired as deputy secretary in 1992-93.

She was also member of Tripura Public Service Commission. Her sister Papiya Debi was known to be first indigenous graduate woman. Though Bithika Debbarma couldn’t recall Papiya Devi’s schooling during that time but she said that the latter had pursued her graduation from a college in Bangladesh’s Brahmanbariya, her in-law’s place. Besides, Papiya Devi and her another sister Himani Devi were very fond of embroidery and both of them even got first and second prize in an exhibition organized in Brahmanbariya by the then British government. “My elder sisters (not all of them) had seen the purdah system. Even I had not seen my mother and other female ones in my family used to come out of the house within barricades of purdah,” she said.

-By Priyanka Deb Burman for TNT-The Northeast Today

The writer can be contacted at priyankadb27@gmail.com

SHOCKER: Five weird questions on Dipa Karmakar in Tripura board exams    

AGARTALA, March 6: In what may be termed as a whole new level of icon worshipping, the Tripura board of school education has set a benchmark by making students answer weird questions on Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar in their English paper, the board exam of which was held on March 2.

The Higher Secondary candidates of Tripura were shocked when they received the question papers, a section of which was all about Dipa’s grand welcome by the Left government in her homeland after her performance in Rio Olympics.


There was also a mention of Chief Minister’s announcement of Dipa’s promotion in Sports Department.

ALSO READ: Tripura: Dipa Karmakar enlisted for ‘Padmashri Award’ this year


Here are the five weird questions which featured in the English Papers:

  1. How long did it take for Dipa to climb up the dais?
  2. Which ministers were present in the stadium?
  3. Why did Dipa apologise to the people?
  4. Which post Dipa has been promoted?
  5. Which minister declared holiday in all educational institutions on August 23 in honour of Dipa?


ALSO READ: If you’re thinking gymnastic in Tripura started and ended with Dipa Karmakar, Think Again!

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Union Minister Kiren Rijiju honours NE sports icons, 5 from poll-bound Manipur

NEW DELHI, Feb 28: Amid model code in force in Manipur, five sportspersons from this poll-bound state in Northeast India and two others from the region including Olympic gymnast Dipa Karmakar were felicitated by the Centre and given cash prizes on Tuesday.

Besides Karmakar, Indian women hockey captain P Sushila Chanu, Olympian L Bombayla Devi (archery), H Lal Ruatfeli (hockey, women), K Chinglensan Singh (hockey, men), K Kothajit Singh (hockey, men) and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting) were given cash prizes of Rs 2 lakh each for their outstanding performance.

Dipa hails from Tripura and Ruatfeli is from Mizoram.

They were honoured by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju at a special function.

Rijiju, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, strongly defended the move to honour the sportspersons from the North-east saying the event was planned six months ago and it has nothing to do with March 4 and 8 Assembly elections in Manipur.

The event was attended by two Congress MPs – Vincent Pala (Shillong), Ninong Ering (Arunachal -East) – and National Peoples Partys Conrad Sangma (Tura) besides Minister for DoNER Jitendra Singh.


Tripura: This Engineer from Agartala aspires to illuminate the world through his talent!

AGARTALA: Born in a middle-class family in Agartala, Anmay Saha has opted for engineering course after his schooling. Only few months left Anmay to get his B.Tech course certificate, but now he made up his mind to share his creative ideas before the country by getting entry in India’s Got Talent, a reality show telecast in Colors Television Network.

Anmay, though an engineering student, he devotes maximum of his time in making out some creative designs from waste products.

Currently, he is in final year in civil engineering course at Mathura’s SIMT.

Anmay first came in limelight for his innovative crafting of Durga idol with newspapers for an Agartala-base puja organizing club last year.

Since childhood, Anmoy had proved his creativity by designing Durga on base of a coin and chalks, Taj Mahal in explosive of a matchstick, an idol of Lord Buddha made of total 7,500 soft drink bottles’ caps, London Bridge made of shaving blades.

 “My passion is to use waste products like matchstick, chalks, soft-drink bottles’ caps etc. to make something creative designs. I didn’t open up about my work till my designed paper-made Durga idol was showcased in the pandal. Later, I got an order from Health department to made few designs to showcase in Diwali fair in Tripureshwari temple,” Anmoy toldPriyanka Deb Barman.

Asked about his career, he instantly said ‘I want to focus on creative designs rather than appearing for job interviews.’

“ I do want to focus fully on my passion after completing my engineering. And frankly speaking, I have no wish to appear for any job interview. My next target is to send few of my works in Limca Book of Records soon. And mostly, I would try to show my designs in India’s Got Talent,” he said.

He would show his skill of sand sculpture and live painting in a few hours show organized by him on Tuesday evening at Rabindra Shatabarshiki Bhawan in Agartala. He also got sponsorship from five small private companies of the state.

In the show, he would began with paying tribute to the Indian Army  and then highlighting important burning issues of the current situation in the country – Swachha Bharat Abhiyan, child education, women safety etc. through sand art.

Later, he would make live paintings of gymnast Dipa Karmakar, Tripura’s two martyred jawans – Sambhu satmura and Chittaranjan Debbarma with rangoli, glue and glitter and end up with paper-cut painting of Bollywood’s veteran actor Om Puri.

By Priyanka Deb Burman for TNT- The Northeast Today


If you’re thinking gymnastic in Tripura started and ended with Dipa Karmakar, Think Again!

For those, who have been hailing Dipa Karmakar as the only-known ace gymnast from Tripura all this time, this might come as a shocker. Well, to put it in a more appropriate tune, there might not have been Olympians from the state before Dipa, but there were Titans nonetheless. A bright group of 24 gymnasts from Tripura won 60 national championship medals for 20 years till the 1980s. However, the situation turned bad in the following years. In the national scenario, Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) remain a faction-ridden body, often found squabbling for peanuts. In Tripura, gymnasts have been using pathetic training conditions including a homemade foam-pit made with discarded scooter-shock absorbers. In such dismal conditions, former gymnasts of the state and the country have spoken up, demanding intervention from the government to save the sport.

Formal practice of gymnastics started in Tripura way back in the sixties with Dalip Singh, who was also the first gold medalist in state and national gymnastics events during his time. Singh, went on to create a niche for the sport in the entire country.

His protégés who were also two of the famed sportstars – Mantu Debnath and Bharat Kishore Deb Barman, were awarded the coveted Arjuna Award in 1975 and the state’s first gold medal at the national level respectively.

Dalip Singh was a National Institute of Sports member and an expert in Russian gymnastics. In fact, he did a diploma in Russian gymnastics under coach NI Takaishvilli before he came to Tripura in 1964. The Vivekananda Byamagar, that saw the beginning of baby Dipa as a gymnast enthusiast, used to be Singh’s training ground. The gymnasium was built in 1947.

However, in the past 70 years, its infrastructure didn’t develop much.

However, there was no death of gymnasts in the state. Olympian Dipa Karmakar’s coach and Dronacharya awardee Bisweswar Nandi was a five times national champion himself. Gymnast Kalpana Debnath from Tripura was among top gymnasts of the country too, having won all Gold medals at the Surat Nationl Gymnastics Championship of 1978. Debnath was also acclaimed as the All Round Best Woman Gymnast of India for nine times in a row.

Mantu Debnath, who has promoted so many gymnasts in Tripura in the past several decades, was considered nothing less of magician with his ‘vaulting horse’ event. He performed the bout at the 1969 Indo-Soviet Cultural Exchange and was subsequently made Captain of the National Gymnastics Team.

And then we had Dipa Karmakar, shooting from a trainee at Vivekakanda Byamagar to being a state champion, national champion, Commonwealth Games medalist and an Olympian. Tripura now has a bright group of budding gymnasts like Ashmita Paul and others. But there is more poverty than talent in this country, and perhaps even more politics.

Dipa, who started her training at Vivekananda Byamagar during her early gymnastics days, moved on to the Dasaratha Dev State Sports Complex, around 5 km away from Agartala city. Inaugurated in 2007, the gymnasium is a large hall, using a homemade foam-pit, which uses scooter-shock absorbers instead of tensile sports-quality absorbers and high quality shock absorbent material.

Due to lack of standard training equipments, Dipa Karmakar is found unable to train at Agartala for most of the year. She moves to Delhi where she trains at the National Indoor Stadium.

Speaking to reporters after return from her Rio Olympics bout last year, Dipa Karmakar had requested the state government to consider providing a foam-pit for budding gymnasts in the state. The demand was earlier placed by a number of other gymnasts in the state.

Tripura’s ruling Left Front government, after much persuasion, had finally agreed to fund a foam-pit for trainee gymnasts in the state. The work is very much in progress now.

With such dismal condition of the sport, former gymnasts who have represented India in their time, have raised the demand of ‘urgent government intervention to save the sport in the country’.

They want top ex-internationals to be involved with coaching and management of the game.

“If Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble can be involved with cricket administration and coaching, why can’t former gymnasts be involved with promoting the game,” said Lopamudra Ghosh Chaudhuri, Convenor of the Former Gymnasts Forum (FGF).

The FGF, formed last year, wants the Indian Olympic Association to resolve the issues in the faction-ridden Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) and get it working to promote gymnastics in India.

“The GFI officials are basking in the glory of Dipa Karmakar’s performance in Rio Olympics, for which they deserve no credit,” said FGF convenor Lopamudra Ghosh nee Chaudhuri, a top former international.

Chaudhuri says that Dipa’s performance is entirely due to her own perseverance and her coach Bisweswar Nandi’s determination to brave all odds to reach for the sky.

Like Karmakar, Chaudhuri hails from Tripura and has represented India in the 1970-80s.

“For the last four years, the Gymnastics Federation of India has been wracked by factional feuds. Nothing has worked even after a High Court ruling in August last year, so we want the IOA and the Sports Ministry to intervene,” Lopamudra Chaudhuri told TNT.

Even in 2015, Dipa was asked to attend two national championships organized by rival factions. This should stop, she added.

She furnished to TNT details of FGF correspondence with SAI, IOA and Sports Ministry during the last four months.

“There has been no proper national competition for gymnastics for last four years, no national training camp, no judges qualification courses or workshops. The structure for promoting gymnastics has evaporated,” Lopamudra Chaudhuri said in her written complaints to IOA and SAI in November last year.

She said after the Rio Olympics, a new three year cycle ( 2017-2020) for gymnastics has started but “our federation is busy promoting their own cronies who have nothing to do with gymnastics”.

Chaudhuri has also raised with SAI and IOA the issue of appointing a new Chief coach for Gymnastics and a panel of coaches under him to train prospective gymnasts at all levels.

She said GS Bawa has been the chief coach for a long time but is now too old ( into his 70s) and has ‘little to show in mentoring talent’ to remain in the position.

“He was never a gymnast and produced no champion . And he is past the seventies, so it is time he is replaced,” she said.

Chaudhuri said the FGF has recommended former international Nemai Kanji for India’s chief gymnastics coach and many other former internationals like Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bisweswar Nandi  to work with him on a national panel.

Nandi has been awarded the Dronacharya after Dipa’s performance at Rio.

But he does not want to leave Tripura and stick to mentoring local talent alongside preparing Deepa for future tournaments.

Dipa has been awarded the Padma Shri and Khel Ratna after her Rio performance where she narrowly missed the bronze medal. She had won the Arjuna Award in 2015.

“It is not enough to bask in the glory of Deepa’s performance. We have many prospective talents even in my home state Tripura and we need to train them to create a strong Indian team,” Lopamudra Chaudhuri said.

“There are many talents now who need nurturing and mentoring. The federation should be looking at not only popularizing the sport in India, since this is a basic Olympic sport , but also create a strong national team rather than bask in Dipa’s achievements”, she added.

The former ace gymnast lauded the efforts of Ashmita Paul. “Look at this girl Asmita from Tripura. She is as talented as Dipa and her performance on balancing beam is great. She is performing many difficult leaps and flips but she lacks grace. These are the minute details that one needs to correct so that these gymnasts can do well”, she said.

Acccording to source, Dipa Karmakar, alongwith 24 other gymnasts of the country were invited in a national training camp at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium at New Delhi. The camp, aimed at preparing the athletes for a host of upcoming international gymnastics events including the Asian Championship contests expected to be held around May or June in Djakarta and the World Gynmastics Championship context scheduled to be held at Montreal, Canada from October 02-10 this year.

While Swastika Ganguly, Mandira Choudhurry and Sushmita Haldar were called for the national camp from West Bengal, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) invited Dipa Karmakar alone from Tripura.

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(The writer can be contacted at debrajdeb@outlook.com)

5 women from Tripura who are making it big at the international arena!

Tripura is home to a diverse range of culture and people and for decades, this place has become at the centre of political drama concerning many issues. However, the place has been at the forefront due to multi level talents presiding in the state who have brought laurels to the state. TNT-The Northeast Today lists down 5 influential women who brought laurels to the state.

#1 Dipa Karmakar: Golden girl of Tripura Dipa Karmakar was the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the finals of artistic Gymnastics in Rio Olympics in 2016. She had scripted a history by becoming the first Indian to participate in the finals of World Gymnastics Championship scoring total 14.900 points in the women’s Vault qualification in the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow on 25 October, 2015. She was also the first woman Gymnast who bagged bronze medal in Common Wealth Games in 2014. She was awarded with prestigious Arjuna award by President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi last year. The Ace Indian Gymnast won Bronze medal at the 6th Senior ART Gymnastics Asian Championships in Hiroshima in August, 2015. Dipa bagged her first gold medal at North East Games in Agartala in 2002. She won 77 medals with 67 gold in several state, national and international championships.

#2 Tanushree Debbarma: She was the first woman of Tripura to crack the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) exam. She secured fourth place in the civil service examination in ST category in 2006. She had studied in IIT Delhi and got an offer from a multi-national IT firm. But, she turned down the offer to prepare for the IAS exam.

#3 Ripa Das: Ripa Das got National Bravery Award medal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Republic Day function in New Delhi in 2015 for saving his one-year old brother from a devastating fire accident.The fire incident was occurred on April 24 in 2014 at Bankar area in Belonia under South Tripura District. Total 12 shops and houses were gutted into fire. Her mother and grandmother panicked and came out of the house leaving the two children as fire engulfed their house but Ripa without losing her cool, somehow managed to come out of the house with her brother Ishan. She was the youngest receipient of the bravery award in the programme.

#4 Ashmita Paul: Fighting poverty, Ashmita Paul, a young gymnast of Tripura didn’t give up her dream to shine as Dipa Karmakar. She fought her way and made her entry in the World School Gymnastics Championship representing India held last year. She got selected because of her outstanding performance in gymnastics at 61st National School Sports held at Telengana from April 26-30 in 2016. She became first in many state, northeast and national level gymnastics competitions held in Agartala and other states so far. She bagged second position in national-level Women’s Sports competition held on February 9 last year.

#5 Sourabhee Debbarma: Belonged to a non-musical background, Sourabhee Debbarma became the first female Indian Idol winner in the Indian Idol series – 4 in 2009. She had also released a music album – ‘Meherbaan.’Apart from her own state, she had performed in stage shows in other parts of the country and abroad too.She made a record in Guinness World Records by singing for 4: 30 minutes while suspended upside down by breaking the existing record of New Zealand singer Rebecca Wright who sang upside down for 3 minutes and 53 seconds.

-By Priyanka Deb Burman for TNT-The Northeast Today


Tripura: Indian Postal department releases special cover on Dipa Karmakar !

The department of Post on Saturday, January 21 released a special cover on Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar at a district-level philatelic exhibition conducted at Agartala’s City Centre.


Dipa Karmakar is the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympics and attain fourth position in the Women’s Vaults finals in Rio de Janeiro, 14th August 2016.

To acknowledge her enormous contribution in sports, the Postal Department has chosen Dipa to be the face of the special cover.

CPMG of Northeast Circle, Shillong, Vasumitra said,” Postal department releases stamp covering photos of notable personalities. This time, we have chosen Dipa to be the face of the cover for her contribution in sports. This would also help the budding sportsperson to get inspired from her,”

Dipa attended the prestigious event together with her coach Bishweshwar. The sports legend shared her happiness and gratitude on being selected as the face of special cover. She said “I am very thankful to the Department of Post for choosing me as their face of the special cover.”

The Postal Department has always been releasing stamps with photos of significant personalities to appreciate their remarkable contributions in various fields.

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