Brahmanand Shankhwalkar receiving the Arjuna Award from the President of India                                                               (please wait, photo might take a while time to download)
receiving the Arjuna Award from the President of India

Brahmanand Sagun Kamat Shankhwalker, a Legend with a Goal. Goa's first and only Arjuna Award recipient, India's most prestigious sports award, an award he received at the hands of the President of India K. R. Narayan on 29th August '98 (national sports day) at the Rastrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, is recognised as the very embodiment of sportsmanship.

Born in Taleigao, on the outskirts of Panjim, on 6th March 1954, Brahmanand began playing premier division football at 15 years of age for the Panvel Club and rose to be one of the finest goalkeepers in Indian football.

Selected by Salgaocar Sports Club, the team with whom he played for a total of 17 years until 1991, where he won countless football tournaments like the Federation, Rovers, Bandodkar, etc as their goalkeeper. He later joined Churchill Brothers and played with them for 3 seasons, helping them win many tournaments. Brahmanand retired playing for Anderson Marine in 1995.

Goa, his home state, for whom he guarded the goal for 17 years, won the Santosh trophy for the first time in 1983 and again in 1984 with Brahmanand as captain, he had the distinction of not conceding a single goal during the entire tournament.

In 1975, Brahmanand was selected to represent India as their goalkeeper at the 17th Asian Youth Championship at Kuwait and was a member of the senior Indian football team from 1976 till 1986 and as captain from 1983 to 1986.

Among the international tournaments he represented India are the 18th Asian Youth Championship at Bangkok, the Merdekar Cup at Kuala Lumpur, Jasson Celebration Cup at Kabul, President Cup in Seoul, South Korea, King's cup at Bangkok, the 9th Asian games at New Delhi.

He captained India at the 2nd Nehru Gold Cup in 1983 and also for the Pre-Olympics tournaments at Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and Salgaocar at the Asian Club Championship in Muscat and Dhaka in 1990.

For his outstanding contribution, the All India Football Federation deservedly honored Brahmanand by declaring him the "Player of the Decade 1985-1995", an award he received at the hands of the Prime Minister at Calcutta on 17th December '96.

According to an Asian Football Federation report, Brahmanand is only the second Indian football player to have represented India in more than 50 international games.

The Limca Books of Records has featured him, for his excellence in sports, vide the 1993 edition.

A famed in 1983 after winning the Santosh trophy for the 1st time for Goa, his leadership qualities were acknowledged by the Goa State Legislative Assembly who set aside regular business, to devote special time to him. In tribute to his contribution to sports the Goa Government motivating children to take up sports disciplines seriously have dedicated a lesson in the school textbook on the life and personality of Brahmanand. In 1977, the Government of Goa conferred on him the Jivdadada Kerkar Award.

Presently working as a project officer with the Sports Authority of India, he is involved in spotting and helping talented young players. Recently he assisted in training the goalkeepers of the under-19 Indian team. Keeping himself abreast of modern development in football, he underwent a diploma course at the 2nd Asian Coaching School under Deitmar Crammer (Germany) & Bill Bingham (N Ireland) at Malaysia. And also an Asian Football Confederation "C" Licence course under the guidance of the FIFA Instructor Barry Whitbread (England).

You can write to Brahmanand Shankhawalker at:
Sri Sai, C3 Rosadel Enclave, Old Market,
Margao, Goa, 403601.