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