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Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay honoured with Google Doodle on her 115th birth anniversary

Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, who was born in Karnataka on this day in 1903 vociferously contributed to the independence movement of India. She asserted on the importance on development at the grassroots and handicrafts industry that could facilitate a better life for the Indian citizens, economically. She went on to become the first woman to run for Legislative office.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 3, 2018 11:38:40 am
 Google Doodle celebrates 115th birth anniversary of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Google doodle: Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was born on this day in 1903 in Mangalore, Karnataka. (Express Archive)

Google on Tuesday celebrated the 115th birth anniversary of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay with a doodle. Chattopadhyay was a freedom fighter, social activist, actor, youth leader, art enthusiast, and forward-thinking women’s movement organiser. She is best remembered as the one who persuaded Mahatma Gandhi to call upon women to march with him in the Independence movement.

Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Google doodle: The doodle of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was created by Finland-based desi artist Parvati Pillai.

Chattopadhyay was born on this day in 1903 in Mangalore, Karnataka, and was the first woman to run for Legislative office. She was one of the first to propose that women’s rights, religious freedom, environmental justice, political independence, and civil rights were all interrelated movements.

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Chattopadhyay was committed to protecting India’s handicrafts, handlooms, and theatre. She was instrumental in setting up some of the first national institutions to archive, protect, and promote Indian dance, drama, art, puppetry, music, and handicrafts.

 Google Doodle celebrates 115th birth anniversary of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Google doodle: Morarji Desai presenting the national UNESCO award to Chattopadhyay in 1977 (Express Archive)

She was felicitated with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1974. This is the highest honour that is conferred by India’s National Academy of Drama, Music and Dance. In addition to her contribution to the independence movement of India, she also helped facilitate many cultural institutions to ocme into existence. She alsways emphasised on the role of cooperative grassroot movements and handicrafts industry that will help in the social upliftment and financial betterment of the Indian citizens.

In today’s doodle, Chattopadhyay is shown surrounded by the bhangra, the sitar, the sarangi, Karthak dance, Chhau dance, embroidery, basket weaving, and Kathaputli — some of India’s traditional objects she sought to protect. The doodle was created by Finland-based Indian artist Parvati Pillai.

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