Tanarath Narayan Shenoy
The deaf-mute and legally blind swimmer swam across the Strait of Gibraltar in 1988 and made three successful crossings of the English Channel: from France to England in 10 hours 54 minutes in 1983, from England to France in 10 hours 55 minutes in 1984, and in 10 hours 42 minutes in 1985. He also crossed the Catalina Channel in 10 hours 15 minutes in 1987.
He was an office superintendent with Central Railways. He is a recipient of Padma Shree, Arjuna Award and Chhatrapati Shivaji Award for Swimming and the Van Audenaerde special award from the Channel Swimming Association.
Taranath is the first deaf person to cross the Palk Strait, Suez Canal and Nile River in Egypt, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Catalina Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Strait of Dardanelles (Turkey), and the Cook Strait (New Zealand).
Palk Strait Crossings
1. Murugapillai Navratnaswami (or spelled Murugupillai Navaratnasamy) was the first person to swim the Palk Strait in 1954 where he took 26 hours 50 minutes to swim 32 miles from Valevettithurai (VVT) to Point Calimere on his second attempt.
4. Tanarath Narayan Shenoy crossed the Palk Strait in the 1980s.
6. Bula Chowdhury Chakraborty, an accomplished marathon swimmer who crossed the English Channel twice, the Catalina Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Cook Strait, crossed the Palk Strait in 2004 in nearly 14 hours.
7. Rajiv Trivedi is an Indian open water swimmer who crossed in 2011 between India and Sri Lanka in 12 hours 31 minutes.
8. Balasaheb Ramchandra Ghadge is an Indian open water swimmer who crossed in 2011 between India and Sri Lanka in 12 hours 31 minutes.
9. S.P. Murleedharan completed the Palk Strait between Talaimannar in Sri Lanka to Arichamunai at Danushkodi in India in 13 hours 53 minutes in 2012. "As an Indian I feel proud to cross Palk Strait from Sri Lanka to India. The conditions were extremely tough for swimming. The sea, pleasant in the initial stage, turned very rough. It forced me to swim against the strong wind and choppy sea."