Mahadevi Varma, renowned Indian poet, honoured with Google doodle

Mahadevi Varma Google Doodle: Varma is known today as one of the poets who laid foundation to the Chhayavad movement in Hindi literature. Her writings often draw the spotlight towards the the experience of being a woman.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 27, 2018 3:18:35 pm
महादेवी वर्मा, mahadevi varma, mahadevi varma poet, mahadevi varma google doodle, hindi poet, Chhayavad movement, google doodle today, who is mahadevi verma, indian express Mahadevi Varma Google Doodle: Born on March 26, 1907, in Farukhabad into an orthodox family, she spent her childhood near Allahabad.

Mahadevi Varma, renowned Hindi poet, freedom fighter, educationist and women’s rights activist, received the prestigious Gyanpeeth Award for her invaluable contribution to literature on April 27, 1982. Google, on Friday, celebrated the poet’s award by dedicating a doodle in her honour. Varma was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1956 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1988. She was the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979. The doodle, drawn by guest artist Sonali Zohra, shows Mahadevi Varma seated on the left of the frame, busy writing against the backdrop of a sunset, under a tree in the countryside. The right side of the frame shows her writing in the Devnagiri script.

Born on March 26, 1907, in Farukhabad into an orthodox family, Mahadevi Varma spent her childhood near Allahabad. Her father was a professor. It was her mother who encouraged her to write in Hindi and Sanskrit, even though both her parents wanted her to study further. She was also known as ‘modern Meera’. She was married in 1916, when she was nine years old, but she continued to live at her parent’s home, studying at the Crossthwaite Girls’ School in Allahabad.

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Mahadevi Varma honoured with Google Doodle today. She was awarded the prestigious Gyanpeeth Award on April 27, 1982.

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    Varma received the Jnanpith Award on this day in 1982

    Mahadevi Varma (1907- 1987) grew up near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. She received the Jnanpith Award, which recognises outstanding contribution to Indian literature, on this day in 1982. Varma was a transformative poet, essayist and advocate for women’s rights in India. Read more about her here.

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    Foray into writing poetry

    Mahadevi Verma wrote her first verses secretly, around the same time she was pursuing her master's degree in Sanskrit.

13:29 (IST) 27 Apr 2018
Mahadevi Varma on November 20, 1983.

As the Hindi language gained acceptance and prominence in literary circles, Mahadevi Verma and her friend Subhadra Kumari Chauhan grew together as writers. They read their works in public gatherings and went on to publish their work. . (Express photo by RK Sharma)

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Gyanpeeth Award from then British PM Margaret Thatcher

Mahadevi Varma received the Gyanpeeth Award from then Britain Prime Minister Margret Thatcher on this day back in 1982. (Express Archives)

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Archive photo of Mahadevi Varma

Hindi poet Mahadevi Varma (Photo: Express Archives)

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The life and times of Mahadevi Varma
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Writings besides poetry

Mahadevi Varma also explored traditional topics with gusto beside her feminist writings.

09:56 (IST) 27 Apr 2018
Varma's short stories

Mahadevi Varma's short story collection called "Sketches from My Past" essays the women she had the chance of meeting in life.

09:23 (IST) 27 Apr 2018
Varma's feminist writings

Mahadevi Varma's writings often drew the spotlight towards the experience of being a woman.

08:45 (IST) 27 Apr 2018
Known among prominent Hindi poets and writers

She was honoured by major Hindi poets such as Suryakant Tripathi Nirala, Sumitra Nandan Pant, and their contemporaries.

08:44 (IST) 27 Apr 2018
Varma received the Jnanpith Award on this day in 1982

Mahadevi Varma (1907- 1987) grew up near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. She received the Jnanpith Award, which recognises outstanding contribution to Indian literature, on this day in 1982. Varma was a transformative poet, essayist and advocate for women’s rights in India. Read more about her here.

08:22 (IST) 27 Apr 2018
What is the Chhayavad movement?

Mahadevi Varma was one of the prominent poets of the Chhayavaad period of Hindi poetry. It was a period of romanticism in Indian literature ranging from 1914 to 1938. 

08:08 (IST) 27 Apr 2018
Read Mahadevi Varma's Visarjan

विसर्जन

निशा की, धो देता राकेशचाँदनी में जब अलकें खोल,कली से कहता था मधुमासबता दो मधुमदिरा का मोल;बिछाती थी सपनों के जालतुम्हारी वह करुणा की कोर,गई वह अधरों की मुस्कानमुझे मधुमय पीडा़ में बोर;झटक जाता था पागल वातधूलि में तुहिन कणों के हार;सिखाने जीवन का संगीततभी तुम आये थे इस पार!गये तब से कितने युग बीतहुए कितने दीपक निर्वाण!नहीं पर मैंने पाया सीखतुम्हारा सा मनमोहन गान।भूलती थी मैं सीखे रागबिछलते थे कर बारम्बार,तुम्हें तब आता था करुणेश!उन्हीं मेरी भूलों पर प्यार!नहीं अब गाया जाता देव!थकी अँगुली हैं ढी़ले तारविश्ववीणा में अपनी आजमिला लो यह अस्फुट झंकार!

08:01 (IST) 27 Apr 2018
Here is a rare recording of Mahadevi Varma

07:35 (IST) 27 Apr 2018
Foray into writing poetry

Mahadevi Verma wrote her first verses secretly, around the same time she was pursuing her master's degree in Sanskrit.

07:30 (IST) 27 Apr 2018

Welcome to the Mahadevi Varma LIVE Blog. Google, on Friday, honoured celebrated Hindi writer and poet with a doodle on the anniversary of her winning the Jnanpith Award in 1982. 

Mahadevi Varma wrote her first verses secretly, around the same time she was pursuing her master's degree in Sanskrit. The verses were discovered by her roommate and friend, Subhadra Kumari Chauhan who was a well- known poet herself. As the Hindi language gained acceptance and prominence in literary circles, Mahadevi Varma as well as Chauhan grew together as writers. They read their works in public gatherings and went on to publish their work. Mahadevi Varma was one of the prominent poets of the Chhayavaad period of Hindi poetry, which was a period of romanticism ranging from 1914 to 1938. Her writings often drew the spotlight towards the the experience of being a woman. Her feminist writings were published in books and magazines. She was a regular at kavi sammelans (poem recitals). Her short story collection called "Sketches from My Past" essays the women she had the chance of meeting in life. She passed away on September 11, 1987.