An Arjuna Awardee Prasanta Karmakar is the first disabled swimmer to have represented India at the World Swimming Championship Argentina and win a medal.
Born on 8th December 1980 in the capital city of West Bengal, Kolkata, Prasanta is now the Chief Coach leading the Indian paralympic swimming team.
Prashanta was honoured with numerous awards like
- Major Dhyan Chand Sports Award
- Bhim Award
- Kolkata Shree Award
- State Role Model Award
- Super Idol Award
- Positive Health Hero Award
- Achiever Award
- Limca Book of Record Holder
- Swimmer of the Year Awards 2010, 2011, 2014. 2003
In the IWAS World Games held in Bangalore, he won 4 Golds, 2 Silvers, and 1 Bronze and became the most decorated Indian swimmer in the same event in 2009.
- National champion for the last 16 consecutive years
- Only Indian Commonwealth Games medalist in 2010
- Asian Games medalist 2006, 2010 and 2014
- Only Indian Athlete to win 7 medals in the World Games 2009
- Only Indian swimmer who made 3 Asian records in 2010
- Only Indian world swimming championship medalist in 2003
- International swimmer for over 13 years representing India and winning 37 medals
- Only swimmer in India to win medal in Asian cycling championship 2013
- Chief Coach of Indian Paralympic swimming team