Sarojini Naidu 135th Birthday Google Doodle
Today February 13, 2014 if you visit the Google India Search Engine, you will be greeted by the “Sarojini Naidu 135th Birthday” Google Doodle. Sarojini Naidu, also known by the sobriquet as The Nightingale of India, was a child prodigy, Indian independence activist and poet.
To understand the importance of celebrating the life and legacy of Sarojini Naidu it would make sense to know that Sarojini Naidu were part of the people who drafted the “Indian Constitution”. She was also one of the first Governors of the United Provinces from 1947 to 1949. In a time when woman did not have as many rights as they do have today, it is significant that Sarojini Naidu played such an important role in Indian History and Governance.
Women’s Day in India
Sarojini Naidu have played such an important role in Indian History that many Indian’s Celebrate Women’s Day in india on the 13th of February which are the same day that Sarojini Naidu were born. Sarojini Naidu were born on the 13th of February 1879 in Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, India and she died on the 2 March 1949 at the age of 70 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Besides being active in politics and Government Sarojini Naidu were a Poet, Writer and Social Activist.
Sarojini Naidu Works
- 1905: The Golden Threshold, published in the United Kingdom
- 1912: The Bird of Time: Songs of Life, Death & the Spring, published in London
- 1917: The Broken Wing: Songs of Love, Death and the Spring, including “The Gift of India”
- 1916: Muhammad Jinnah: An Ambassador of Unity
- 1943: The Sceptred Flute: Songs of India, Allahabad: Kitabistan, posthumously published
- 1961: The Feather of the Dawn, posthumously published, edited by her daughter, Padmaja Naidu
- 1971:The Indian Weavers
Sarojini Naidu also wrote several poems including Song of a Dream, The Soul’s Prayer, To the God of Pain, Indian Dancers and Ecstasy to name a few.
have quite a comprehensive article on Sarojini Naidu and her poems and is well worth a read if you want to know more about Sarojini Naidu.
Sarojini Naidu Google Doodle
Today’s Google Doodle is fairly colorful, including India’s national colors. The Google Doodle design remind me of “North American Indians” which is completely different from the Indians in India, althouth it might be the letter “L” in google which looks like a “feather” but which are actually a pen.
The Sarojini Naidu character also looks like a North American Indian and not necessarily India Indian. Although the artist have taken care to make the Sarojini Naidu character look like her. All and all I love today’s Google Doodle and found it personally interesting to learn a bit more about India and the colorful person Sarojini Naidu represented!