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Bhuvneshwari Kumari

Bhuvneshwari Kumari is a former women's squash champion from India. She is recipient of prestigious awards like Padma Shri and Arjuna Award. She is also a record holder of Guinness Book of World Records by being National champion 16 times in a row. She belongs to the former royal family of Alwar.[1]

Bhuvneshwari Kumari while playing squash

Early life

Kumari, also known as Princess Candy, was born at New Delhi on 1 September 1960 to Yashwant Singh and Brinda Kumari. She is the granddaughter of Maharaja Tej Singh Prabhakar Bahadur of Alwar. She has done her B.A. from St. Stephen's College of Delhi University.[2]


She was Women's National Squash Champion for 16 years in a row from 1977 to 1992.[3]

She is winner of 41 State titles and two International titles (Kenyan Open 1988 and 1989).

She was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1982 and the Padma Shri in 2001 for her achievements.

She is also the Coach for the Indian Women's Squash team along with Cyrus Poncha. They trained the team for Asian Games 2018 that were held in Jakarta, Indonesia.[4]

Bhuvneshwari Kumari receiving her Arjuna Award (29.08.1982)


  • Arjuna Award in 1982
  • Padma Shri in 2001[5]
  • Delhi Sports Journalist Association Award (For The Best Sports Woman 1983)
  • Rajasthan Sports Award Council 1984
  • Maharana Mewar Foundation "Aravali Award" (For the most Outstanding Sportswoman of the year 1990)
  • K.K. Birla Foundation Award for Sports (For Outstanding Performance in 1991)
  • Bombay Sports Journalist Association Award (For Best Sportswoman for the year 1992)
  • Listed in the Limca Book of Records (For Sports Person of The Year 1992 and for The Most Number of Titles Won in Indian Sports)
  • Rajasthan Olympic Association Award -For Best Woman Player 1993–94
  • Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh Award for excellence in sports
Bhuvneshwari Kumari receiving her Padma Shri (25.01.2001)


  1. ^ "ALWAR". 24 July 2002. Archived from the original on 24 July 2002. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Alwar".
  3. ^ "Squash Rackets Federation of India". Archived from the original on 2 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Indian squash players question role of coaches Cyrus Poncha and Bhuvneshwari Kumari in Asian Games contingent". The Indian Express. 14 August 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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