Google Celebrates The Culture Queen Of India
She convinced Mahatma Gandhi to call upon women to participate in the Indian freedom struggle. She gave a boost to Indian handicrafts, handlooms and theatre during the post-independence period. She was even arrested by the British for selling contraband salt. Who was this versatile, courageous woman?
This woman was Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, and she had many feathers in her pretty large hat. She was a theatre personality, a women’s rights activist and the first woman to run for the legislative office. She was also the founder of the National School of Drama, Central Cottage Industries Emporium and the Crafts Council of India!
Born in Mangalore on 3rd April, 1903, Kamaladevi was married at the tender age of 14 and was widowed 2 years later. This did not stop her from dreaming big, though. Kamaladevi went to London to pursue her studies. After her return, she joined the Indian National Congress in 1927.
From there, it was a long and adventurous journey of many firsts for Kamaladevi. In today’s doodle, she is surrounded by the bhangra, the sitar, the sarangi, Kathak dance, Chhau dance, embroidery, basket weaving, and Kathaputli - some of India’s traditional objects she sought to protect. Happy 115th birthday, Kamaladevi!
Disclaimer: Information has been sourced from Times of india