Meet Jacintha Kalyan – India’s Only Female Ground Curator

From playing cricket to heading the Chandrayaan committee, you name it, the women here will deliver it, females across India and for that matter around the world are breaking and making new records. One of them is Jacintha Kalyan, a native of Doddaladahalli in Kanakapura taluk, has risen up to become India’s first woman pitch curator.

Jacintha Kalyan Only Female Pitch Curator
Jacintha Kalyan – India’s Only Female Ground Curator

The story of her achieving this feat though started with her being a receptionist at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) slowly and steadily she developed an interest in preparing wickets and grounds. And eventually, she gave the Curator Examination conducted by the BCCI last year and came out with flying colors. Jacintha has the credit of preparing wickets for many domestic, international and IPL tournaments alongside her male colleagues at the KSCA.

When asked about what she feels and how her family reacts to the news, Jacintha said to S.N. Venkatnag Sobers “There will be talks about male domination and people speak about me doing the men’s job. But for me what is important is that I continue to do my work sincerely so that the game is benefited and the players are happy with the wickets and ground condition.”

“My husband (Kalayan Kumar) knew about me working hard at the KSCA but he never expected me to become India’s first woman curator. Now that I have achieved this feat, he is very happy. More than him, my son (Sharath Kalyan) is extremely proud of my achievements. When someone asks about me, he just googles’ my name and shows them the articles that appeared about me.”

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This is all we want more and more women to take the center stage and leave a footprint for others to follow.

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