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Arati Saha Biography, Age, Death, Husband, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : September 25, 2020

Short Biography

Arati Saha was born on 24-09-1940 in Kolkata in the state of West Bengal, India. She was an Indian-Bengali Swimmer & Sportswoman who was the first Indian woman that swim across the English Channel.

Other Name: Arati Gupta, Arati Gupta Saha
Other Professions: Sportswoman

Arati Saha Complete Bio & Career

Arati Saha was born on 24 September 1940. She was the swimmer by profession. She started swimming from the age of 4. Sachin Nag recognized her talent and she considered Mihir Sen as her idol and followed him. Her training in swimming is from Hatkhola Swimming Club. She won her first medal at the age of 5 in 110 yards freestyle and commenced her career.
She kick-started her career by winning 22 State level competitions. Her main fields were freestyle and Breaststroke. She participated in the national championship in 1948 and won a silver medal. She also set numerous records. At the 1952 summer Olympics, she got the opportunity to represent India along with her competitor named, Dolly Nazir. At the Olympics, she participated in 200 meters of breaststroke. She regards Brojen das as her inspiration in the field. Brojen Das was also impressed by her talent that he recommended her name to Butlin International Cross Channel Swimming Race.
Her well-wishers like Mihir Sen, Dr. Arun Gupta, and Gour Mukherjee took the initiative of raising funds for her trip so that she could participate. Unfortunately, the fund raised was less. The then Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru also encouraged her talent and rended his help. After the issue got solved, she commenced her training.  On 27 August 1959, her race was scheduled. She was determined all through her race and didn’t let her morale down despite difficulties. Eventually, she reached the finishing point.

Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 1960 Sports

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Arati Saha died on 23-08-1994 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. She was suffering from encephalitis and jaundice.

DEATHDAY 23 August,1994 (Tuesday)
DEATH PLACE Kolkata, West Bengal

Arati Saha Family, Relatives and Other Relations

She is the daughter of Panchugopal Saha. She has a sister named, Bharati Saha.

Life's Important Dates Of Arati Saha

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Brown
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Kolkata, India
Nationality Indian
Religion Hinduism
Address Kolkata
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Swimming
Marital Status Married
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color White
Favorite Place Gujarat
Favorite Dress Western Dress
Favorite Accessories Caps

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Arati Saha

  • On 29 September 1959, she became the first Asian woman to swim across the English channel.
  • She became the first sportsperson to be awarded Padma Shri.
  • She started swimming at the age of 4.

Arati Saha Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Arati Saha was 53 years 10 months & 29 days old age.