Yes, as the year comes to its end it will be the best time to honor the great dignity of India with the best Google Doodle. Throughout the year Google doodle celebrates many birthdays and anniversaries but only a few were recognized by the people. Here are some of them you have missed somewhere, these are the some of the most famous personalities in India that should be honored with this kind of recognization.
The birth anniversary of superior Kathak dancer Sitara Devi. Born on November 8, 1920, Sitara Devi has been described as Nritya Samragini by Rabindranath Tagore when she was just 16 years old. Some of Sitara Devi's famous students were Madhubala, Rekha, Mala Sinha and even Kajol among much more. Sitara Devi desired to set up a Kathak dance academy in Mumbai but got no land from the government. Sitara Devi received a number of awards including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1969 and the Padma Shree in 1973.
However, in 2002 when Sitara Devi was awarded the Padma Bhushan she turned it down saying "it is my insult and not an honor". Sitara Devi as saying, "I will not accept any award less than Bharat Ratna." Sitara Devi passed away on November 25, 2014.
Rakhmabai Raut was a spirited woman who dared to fight with societal customs and grew to be one of the first practicing woman doctors in royally India. Her contemporary Anandi Gopal Joshi, another Maharashtrian woman also turned to be the doctor before her but miserably departed from life before she could even begin practicing. Rukhmabai was also at the heart of a milestone legal case which showed the way to the ratification of the Age of Consent Act, 1891.
Rukhmabai was born on 22 November 1864 and at the innocent age of twelve; she married off to a nineteen-year-old boy Dadaji Bhikaji Raut. She was the carpenter community and her father Janardan Pandurang and mother Jayantibai were financially well off. The girl was married off but even when the father expired, she remained with her widowed mother, consistently reject to be sent away to her rebellious husband's dwelling.
- PANDIT RAVI SHANKAR
Google, the biggest search giant, often dedicated their Google Doodle to many legends.Google is celebrating the 96th birth anniversary of the Sitar Virtuoso none other than ‘Pandit Ravi Shankar’ by dedicating him today’s doodleRavi Shankar was born in 1920 as Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury, the musician was awarded India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna. The Google doodle shows an upright sitar in the middle of green creeper forming the word ‘Google.’ When the viewer clicks on the doodle he is redirected to the Wikipedia page of the musician.
Pandit spent his youth touring India and Europe with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing and started learning sitar playing under the guidance of court musician Allauddin Khan. His relation with Beatles guitarist George Harrison aided the spread of Indian music in abroad, leading to the raga rock trend. He died on December 11, 2012, in San Diego, California, after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery.
-GREAT BHARATNATYAM DANCER RUKMANI DEVI
Bharatnatyam exponent Rukmini Devi Arundale is honored by Google, which designed a doodle on her birthday to give tribute to the great artist and danseuse. Rukmani Devi passed away in 1986 is considered the most important revivalist of Bharatnatyam from it’s original ‘Sadhir’ style prevalent among Devadasis (temple dancer).
Rukmani was born in Madhurai and get her dancing skills under the watchful eyes of Mylapore Gowri Amma and perfected her technique under the guidance of Pandanallu Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai. She was also nominated to Rajya Sabha in 1952 and re-nominated in 1956as a member of Rajya Sabha and remained on the board until her demise in 1986. She was also awarded by Padma Bhushan in 1956 and Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowship in 1967 for her immense contribution to the Indian classical dance. And today she is honored by Google Doodle as well. Which emphasis that the artist and the great talent can never be demise.
- HOMI VYARAWALLA
Homai Vyarawalla who was born in 1913 in a Parsi family in Navsari, Gujarat, she spent her childhood in many places as her father worked in a traveling theater company. After completing her education from Bombay University and Sir JJ School of Art, she started taking snaps of the daily life of Mumbaikars and in this way become a professional photographer.
A year after her husband’s death in 1973, Homai Vyarawalla left photography and lived alone in Vadodara, Gujarat. In the year 1989, she lost her son and only child. The country praised her with a Padma Vibhushan in 2010. The iconic lady’s journey came to an end on January 15, 2012.