Revanna Umadevi Nagaraj – Journey from a typist job to the three time National Champion.
It is frequently said that one should get a game at an early age to dominate to their fullest potential. Notwithstanding, these are end up being just as fantasies each time somebody challenges the age standard and demonstrates their determination. Revanna Umadevi Nagaraj has been a genuine sign of the expression ‘age doesn’t make any difference’. In 2012, Umadevi, at 47 years old, resisted all standards by winning the World Ladies Billiards Championship. Despite being a world champion, she is scarcely discussed in Indian game multiverse.
Journey from typewriter job to World Championship
Her journey from being only an ordinary modest and a monetarily temperamental typist to an exceptionally sure and an effective cueist is a life-changing story that has roused numerous ladies attempting to accomplish in the field of sports. After getting her SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), she finished her preparation in typing and began working for a horticultural organization at Lalbagh in Bengaluru.
During her leisure time, she would regularly visit the Karnataka Government Secretariat Club (KGS) to play Table Tennis. Despite the fact that, she had consistently delighted in playing this game yet when in 1995, secretary of the club – Krishna Kumar gave a prompt in her grasp, she realized that she was intended to play Billiards. Umadevi at that point began rehearsing this game after available time and at whatever point she got time, and soon, because of her persistent effort and commitment, she accomplished the third situation in State Snooker Ranking. This gave her the certainty and confidence help that she required and from that point, there was no stopping her.
Become the State Champion
The third situation in State Ranking got her the participation at Karnataka State Billiards Association (KSBA), which not just gave her the legitimate stage to dominate in this game yet in addition further helped her fearlessness. The organization that she was working for saw her energy for the game and moved her to Cubbon Park, where she could without much of a stretch seek after her fantasies.
Being a introvert person, Umadevi confronted trouble in speaking with others, anyway this didn’t prevent her from following her energy and acquiring everyone’s regard and reverence. Afterward, previous public billiards and snooker champion, Arvind Savur took her under his leadership, which pushed her to the following level. A short time later, the previous mentor of National Billiards Team, Jairaj likewise tutored her, which gave her the certainty that she needed to additionally dominate in her vocation.
Daring to follow her fantasies at a particularly later phase of her life and dominate in it, she has been a motivation to numerous different ladies in the country. Umadevi has consistently been incredibly upheld by her family, who has been with her at each phase of her vocation.
Subsequent to winning her first national championship in 2002, Umadevi got a few proposals to contend outside the country. Nonetheless, because of her serious financial limitations, she was unable to go. Her husband, B G Nagaraj, did a couple of financial adjustments and asked her to proceed to contend. As indicated by Umadevi, her family has consistently been her mainstay of solidarity and it is a result of their help and difficult work that she has arrived at this phase of life.
Win or lose, Umadevi has never surrendered. She has endeavored to make progress and satisfy her fantasies. In 2009, she won the Arjuna Award because of her contribution towards Billiards. She placed third in 2011 World Championship and in 2012, she accomplished the World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association title. Umadevi was the awarded o Nari Shakti Puraskar award from the President of India in 2017.
Honours and Awards
- Ranked No.1 in national level Billiards in 2002, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2018
- Ranked 2nd in national level Snooker in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007
- Earned a bronze medal at national level Snooker in 2007
- Honoured with the Ekalavya Award by the Government of Karnataka in 2009
- Became the World Billiards Champion and 8 Ball Pool National Champion in 2012
- Received the “Nari Shakti Puraskar” from the President of India Mr. Ram Nath Kovind under the Chairmanship of Smt. Maneka Gandhi, Minister for women and child development department, being amongst the list of 30 great women of 2017 in India.