Marella Kalyani, a member of Gold medal winning Indian Women Kabaddi Team in 11th Asian Games.
A native of Kadavakudhuru village in Prakasam district, Kalyani took to kabaddi when she was 14 and with passion she went on to represent Andhra Pradesh in several tournaments as an all-rounder.
Kalyani is employed as a women constable in the divisional reserve, Railway Protection Force (RPF). She had represented Acharya Nagarjuna University in the All India Inter-University tournaments and won a Gold medal in 2006-2007, She participated in senior and junior nationals, National Games, women National Games and won many medals for her team.
“She is adept both in offence and defence. She adopts herself according to the situation,” said Padmaja Bala, former Indian coach. Kalyani played many tournaments under the guidance of Ms. Bala. Kalyani, who won the “best player” award a couple of times, is a product of the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh academy in East Godavari district.