The Arjuna Award shooting star, who once considered selling his kidney to buy a rifle! - The story of Joydeep Karmakar

Joydeep Karmakar
The Arjuna Award shooting star, who once considered selling his kidney to buy a rifle! - The story of Joydeep Karmakar

A unique player who has surpassed his own record and is the only silver medalist in the World Cup Prone event from India. A sportsperson and Author of his book titled ‘My Olympic Journey’ depicting his painful fourth in London Games. Currently he has set up a Shooting Academy named "Joydeep Karmakar Shooting Academy" in New Town region of Kolkata, where he with other International shooters are training new comers to master the gradations of Rifle Shooting. His National Record Scores of 594/600, 595, 597, 598 & 599 from 2005 to 2010 was exceptional. He once considered selling his kidney to buy a rifle, but then became a National champion with a borrowed gun. Joydeep Karmakar has participated in 28 World Cups. Even though he missed out a London Olympics medal by a fraction, he didn’t miss being named for an Arjuna Award for sporting excellence. He is the first & the only Indian to win a World Cup Silver medal in the 50m prone event in 2010 at Sydney, where he fired 599 to surpass the Asian, the South Asian Games records. This shooting star and a trouper of 28 World Cups has created his mark permanently on the target.

Quick Facts

Known As Joydeep Karmakar
Father’s Name Santa Karmakar
Mother’s Name Gayatri Karmakar
imd1 for Rifle Shooting, Sport
Birthday 7th December 1979
  • Arjuna Award for Shooting - 2012
  • Won Silver medal at ISSF World Cup, Sydney with an Asian Record of 599/600 - 2010
  • Won Australian Open Cup
  • Commonwealth Championships Pairs Gold
  • SAF Double Gold
  • National Junior Championship - 1994
  • Broke own record 3 times
Place / From Kolkata, West Bengal

Team imd1 had a chat with him a few days ago, read on to know his further!

Beyond Shooting

Favorite Personalities Kapil Dev, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kamal Haasan
Food I Love South Asian Cuisines, Chinese, Italian, Continental, Korean, Bengali Sweets
Had I not been a Shooter then… Filmmaker, Artist (Painter), Speaker or a Media Person
Like Vacations at Gilgit, New York, Switzerland, Peru
Favorite Past time Watching short movies, Reading
Favorite Dialogue Passion of Christ, “See, mother, I make all things new”
Favorite Movies/Series Braveheart, Spider
Favorite Actor/Actress Denzel Washington, Kamal Haasan, Mel Gibson, Kangana Ranaut