India’s first woman photojournalist dies

Homai Vyarawalla,India's first woman photojournalist,passed away at a private hospital here on Sunday afternoon due to respiratory failure. She was 98.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published:January 16, 2012 3:36 am

Homai Vyarawalla,India’s first woman photojournalist,passed away at a private hospital here on Sunday afternoon due to respiratory failure. She was 98.

Vyarawalla was admitted to the hospital on Friday morning after she collapsed at her Nizampura home and sustained a fracture in her left thigh bone.

She was facing respiratory complications and was suffering from age-related ailments,doctor Shrinivasan Iyengar,who was treating the nonagenarian,said. “The leg injury aggravated respiratory complications and she breathed her last at around 12 noon,” the doctor said.

Vyarawallas’s biographer and friend Sabeena Gadihoke,who had come to the city a few days back to meet her,told The Indian Express that the photographer was quite healthy till the day she collapsed. She added that Vyarawalla did not prefer taking allopathic medicines.

Vyarawalla was born on December 13,1913 in a middle-class Parsi family in Navsari. Her father was an actor with a Parsi-Urdu theatre.

She did a diploma in Arts from J J School of Arts,Mumbai,and learnt photography from Maneckshaw Vyarawalla whom she married in 1941. They later shifted to Delhi. She started her photography career in 1938.

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