He is a legend and an inspiration to all Indian badminton fans of his generation. Prakash is considered to be the best & perhaps the most perfect badminton player India has ever produced. He was the Face of Indian Badminton on the international scene. Known as the ‘Gentle Tiger’ on court, Prakash Padukone is credited with some outstanding achievements during his illustrious career. Prakash won the national senior title consecutively for nine years. His achievements include gold medal at the 1979 Commonwealth Games. He also won the Danish Open and the Swedish Open Badminton Titles and became the first Indian to win the prestigious All England Badminton Championship in 1979.
India’s present chief-national coach is considered second-best known figure in contemporary Indian Badminton era. He achieved the highest level of success in the international badminton arena after Prakash Padukone. He became the second Indian to win the All England Badminton Championship in 2001. His humble & gentle manners mask the fierce fighter and crafty competitor in him. The Arjuna Awardee also has two commonwealth medals to his name.