Dipankar Bhattacharjee, one of the finest shuttlers the country has ever produced, was born in Guwahati on February 1, 1972. At the age of 8, he picked up the racket and started playing under the supervision of his father Ishwar Bhattacharjee. His father was his first coach and has been a constant guide. In addition to his father, Dipankar had the fortune of being trained by some other good coaches as well. He had spent few years at Prakash Padukone's Badminton Academy at Bangalore and was trained with Prakash and Vimal Kumar. The shuttler first made a name at the age of 13 when he represented Assam in the Sub Junior Nationals and soon became a regular member of state badminton squad. He helped Assam win titles in Sub Juniors as well as in the Junior National championships. Dipankar, who was known for his agility, speed and calmness under pressure, won his first of three senior national titles in 1994.Two years before; he flew the Indian flag high during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics where he stormed into the pre-quarter finals before losing to number one player of that time Zhan Xianhua. Hiteswar Saikia, then chief minister of Assam, was so happy with this performance that he awarded a brand new car to him after the shuttler returned home from Barcelona. Dipankar represented India twice in the Olympics and in this process he became the first shuttler in India who played two back-to-back Olympics. Dipankar was also the first Badminton player to represent India in Olympics. Plagued by injury, the soft spoken athlete quit the game at the age of 33. Although he started a badminton academy in Guwahati, it was shut down after a couple of years. He is presently settled in Mumbai where he has been working as a Manager in Indian Oil Corporation.