Prakash Padukone Age, Height, Wife, Children, Biography & More

Prakash Padukone

Profession(s)Former Indian Badminton Player, Instructor
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 185 cm
in meters- 1.85 m
in feet inches- 6’ 1”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutIn 1962, in Karnataka state junior championship
Achievements World Championships

1983: Ranked 3rd in the singles event at Copenhagen, Denmark

Commonwealth Games

1978: Ranked 1st in the singles event at Edmonton, Canada

Asian Games

1974: Ranked 3rd in the team event at Tehran, Iran
1986: Ranked 3rd in the team event at Seoul, South Korea

World Cup

1981: Ranked 1st in the single events at Kuala Lumpur

World Grand Prix

1979: Ranked 1st in the singles event at Denmark Open
1980: Ranked 1st in the singles event at All England Open
Awards1972: Awarded the Arjuna award
1982: Recieved Padma Shri by the Government of India
2014: Outstanding Achievement award at GQ Men of the Year Awards
2018: Awarded BAI Lifetime Achievement Award
Prakash Padukone receiving BAI Lifetime Achievement Award
Personal Life
Date of Birth10 June 1955 (Friday)
Age (as of 2024) 69 Years
BirthplaceBangalore, Mysore State, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signGemini
HometownBangalore, Mysore State, India
College/UniversityNot Known
Educational QualificationGraduate
CasteBrahmin (Chitrapur Saraswat)
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseUjjala Padukone (Travel Agent)
Prakash Padukone with his wife
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter(s)- Deepika Padukone (Actress), Anisha Padukone (Golfer)
Prakash Padukone with his wife and daughters
ParentsFather- Ramesh Padukone (Secretary of the Mysore Badminton Association)
Mother- Ahilya Padukone
SiblingsBrother- 1 (Name Not Known)
Sister- None
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)Not Known

Prakash Padukone

Some Lesser Known Facts About Prakash Padukone

  • Does Prakash Padukone smoke?: No
  • Does Prakash Padukone drink alcohol?: No
  • Prakash’s surname ‘Padukone’ was named after his villages name, Padukone, near Kundapura, Udupi district, Karnataka.
  • He had a keen interest in Badminton since his childhood and also won the National Junior Champion in 1964.
  • In 1971, Padukone became the youngest player to win the national senior championship at the age of 16.
  • He won the National Senior championship title consecutively for nine years from the year 1971 to 1979.

    Prakash Padukone playing badminton

    Prakash Padukone playing badminton

  • His marriage with Ujjala was arranged by his parents and the couple together have two daughters, Deepika Padukone, and Anisha Padukone.

    Prakash Padukone's family picture

    Prakash Padukone’s family picture

  • Prakash won the “Evening of Champions” at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1979.
  • The year 1980 brought tremendous success for Prakash as he went on to become the first Indian to win the men’s singles title at the ‘All England Championship’ after defeating Indonesian shuttler, Liem Swie King, after which he was ranked World No 1. In the same year, he also won Danish and the Swedish Open.

  • He defeated his idol, Ruby Hartono in the Swedish Open.
  • Padukone won 15 titles during the period 1980 to 1985.

    Prakash Padukone

    Prakash Padukone

  • Prakash did most of his International career training in Denmark where he befriended many European players such as Morten Frost.

    Prakash Padukone with Morten Frost

    Prakash Padukone with Morten Frost

  • In 1991, Prakash took retirement from competitive sports and served as the chairman of the Badminton Association of India for some time.
  • From 1993 to 1996, he became the coach of the Indian National Badminton Team.
  • In 1994, Prakash founded the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) along with Vimal Kumar and Vivek Kumar.
  • Padukone’s biography, Touch Play was written by Dev S. Sukumar, became the second biography based on any badminton player.

    Prakash Padukone's Biography, Touch Play

    Prakash Padukone’s Biography, Touch Play

  • Prakash co-founded Olympic Gold Quest in 2001 along with Geet Sethi, an organization that aims to promote Olympic sports in India.
  • In 2018, he was awarded the BAI Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • In an interview, Prakash revealed that his favourite movie of his daughter, Deepika, is Bajirao Mastani.
  • Here’s a video of Prakash Padukone in a conversation with Vijay Amritraj.