Today marks the 85th birth anniversary of legendary actress Meena Kumari (August 1, 1933 – March 31, 1972), born Mahjabeen Bano. The multi-faceted artist was an iconic star of Hindi cinema. She was also a playback singer, and a talented Urdu poetess under the pseudonym Naaz. Tanha Chand, a collection of her poems was published after her death in 1972. Remembered as the tragedy queen, she is also called Female Guru Dutt of Hindi films and is often remembered as the Cinderella of Indian films.
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Remembering the Nobel prize winning pioneering Indian-American biochemist.
Today marks the 96th birth anniversary of Dr Har Gobind Khorana (January 9, 1922 – November 9, 2011), who was a pioneering Indian-American biochemist. He was Nobel Prize Winner for Physiology or Medicine in 1968 for unraveling the nucleotide sequence of RNA and deciphering the genetic code. He is known as a scientist who revolutionized biochemistry with his pioneering work in DNA chemistry. Google today celebrates the 96th Birth Anniversary of Dr Har Gobind Khorana with a doodle.
Original Bollywood stuntwoman with a crack of her whip got the world's attention.
Today marks the 110th birth anniversary of Mary Ann Evans (January 8, 1908 – January 9, 1996), better known by her stage name Fearless Nadia, was an actress and first stuntwoman of Indian Cinema. She married Homi Wadia in 1961 and became Nadia Wadia. Fearless Nadia will always be remembered as the original Stunt Queen of Indian cinema. Google Doodle pays tribute to Fearless Nadia on her 110th birth anniversary.
Kuvempu is considered among the greatest writers in the Kannada language.
Today marks the 113th birth anniversary of Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa (December 29, 1904 – November 11, 1994). K V Puttappa, popularly known by the pen name Kuvempu, was an Indian novelist, poet, playwright, critic and thinker. He is widely regarded as the greatest poet of 20th century of Kannada literature. He was recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award of India. He is the first among Kannada writers to be decorated with the prestigious Jnanpith Award. Google today celebrates the 113th Birth Anniversary of Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa with a doodle.
Remembering iconic Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib on his birth anniversary.
Today marks the 220th birth anniversary of Mirza Ghalib (December 27, 1797 – February 15, 1869). Mirza Ghalib, was a prominent Urdu and Persian language poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire. He used his pen-names of Ghalib (means ‘dominant’) and Asad (means ‘lion’). His honorific was Dabir-ul-Mulk, Najm-ud-Daula. Mirza Ghalib breathed his last on February 15, 1869. His tomb is located near Chausath Khamba, Nizamuddin area in Delhi. GoogleDoodle celebrates Mirza Ghalib’s 220th Birthday in today’s GoogleDoodle!
Today marks the birth anniversary of the king of playback singing in India cinema.
Today marks the 93rd birth anniversary of Mohammed Rafi (December 24, 1924 – July 31, 1980), referred to as Pheeko during childhood, who was an Indian iconic film playback singer and one of the most popular and successful singers of Hindi films. He was notable for his voice and versatility; his songs ranged from classical numbers to patriotic songs, sad lamentations to highly romantic numbers, qawwalis to ghazals and bhajans. Google today celebrates the 93rd Birth Anniversary of Mohammed Rafi with a doodle.
Tribute to first woman of Indian Press photography whose lens earned her a reputation.
Today marks the 104th birth anniversary of Homai Vyarawalla (December 9, 1913 – January 15, 2012), commonly known by her pseudonym ‘Dalda 13,’ who was India’s first woman photojournalist. Her pseudonym comes from the year of her birth, 1913, and the Dalda from her car’s registration number DLD 13. She was known for widely photographing India’s transition from the British Raj to an independent country after its subsequent partition. She was born in a Parsi family on December 9, 1913 at Navsari, Bombay state, British India. She breathed her last on January 15, 2012 at the age of 98 at Vadodara, Gujarat. Google today celebrates the 104th Birth Anniversary of Homai Vyarawalla with a doodle.
Rukhmabai Raut was one of the first practicing women doctors in colonial India.
Today marks the 153rd birth anniversary of Rukhmabai Raut (November 22, 1864 – September 25, 1955), also known as Rakhmabai Raut, who overcame numerous obstacles to become one of the first practicing women doctors in British India. She was born in Mumbai, then Bombay, on November 22, 1864. She was a child bride, married off at the age of 11, to Dadaji Bhikaji, 19. She did not stop with medicine, choosing to become a social reformer until her death at the age of 91, on September 25, 1955. Google today celebrates the 153rd Birth Anniversary of Rukhmabai Raut with a doodle.
Tribute to pioneer of Indian cinema and veteran filmmaker shantaram.
Today marks the 116th birth anniversary of Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre (November 18, 1901 – October 30, 1990), referred to as V Shantaram or Shantaram Bapu, who was a Marathi Indian consummate actor, innovative editor, insightful director and film producer. He is most known for classic films such as Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani, and Do Aankhen Baara Haath. Over the decades he produced 92 films, directed 55 films and acted in 25 films. Google today celebrates the 116th Birth Anniversary of V Shantaram with a doodle.
The first woman lawyer not only in India but also in England.
Today marks the 151st birth anniversary of Cornelia Sorabji (November 15, 1866 – July 6, 1954), who overcame numerous obstacles to become India’s first female lawyer. Cornelia Sorabji was the first woman permitted to attend Bombay University, where she excelled. She then went on to become the first Indian woman to study law at Oxford University in 1892. However, she was unable to practice law in England. Cornelia returned to India in 1894 where she was again barred from practicing her profession. Google today celebrates the 151st Birth Anniversary of Cornelia Sorabji with a doodle. Today’s Doodle by illustrator Jasjyot Singh Hans depicts Sorabji in front of the Allahabad High Court, to which she was eventually admitted.