Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla

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Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla

Born: 6 July 1968

  • She is an International para-athlete from India.
  • She was awarded the Arjuna award and Padma Shri for her achievements.
  • She was born on 6 July 1968 in Bengaluru.
  • Her father ran a small hotel, while her mother took care of their four children.
  • She was paralyzed by a fever when she was one year old.
  • Electric shock treatment for more than two years improved her upper body strength.
  • Having won over 428 medals Malathi has conferred the prestigious Arjuna and Padma Shri awards.
  • She represented India in the Paralympics held in South Korea, Barcelona, Athens and Beijing; the Asian Games held in Beijing, Bangkok, South Korea, and Kuala Lumpur; World Masters held in Denmark and Australia, Commonwealth Games in Australia and Open Championships in Belgium, Kuala Lumpur and England.
  • She has so far undergone 34 surgeries.
  • She works as a Manager in Syndicate Bank and shelters 16 children with various disabilities at Mathru Foundation — a charitable trust formed along with her friends.
  • She focuses mainly on polio victims from rural areas, whose parents cannot afford to send their child to school or provide medical treatment.

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