New Delhi: Google knows how to celebrate memorable days with doodles, and on Monday (August 16, 2021), it will commemorate the 117th birthday of India’s first woman satyagrahi and trailblazing writer Subhadra Kumari Chauhan.
Google produced the doodle, designed by New Zealand-based artist Prabha Mallya, to commemorate the life of one of India’s freedom warriors. It was also put on Google India’s Twitter handle with the caption: “Her poem ‘Jhansi ki Rani’ is one of the most repeated poems in Hindi literature. She was the first satyagraha to be a woman. She is the author of 88 poems and 46 short tales…”
🖋️ Her poem ‘Jhansi ki Rani’ is one of Hindi Lit’s most recited poems.
💪 She was the first woman satyagrahi.
📚 She has written 88 poems and 46 short stories… pic.twitter.com/mHy6GJOdOm
— Google India (@GoogleIndia) August 16, 2021
Subhadra Kumari Chauhan was born on August 16, 1904, in Nihalpur village, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, now Prayagraj. Chauhan was a voracious writer, and it is believed that she used to write even while riding in a horse cart to school. Her first poem was said to have been published when she was nine years old.
Chauhan’s poetry and prose were mostly about the difficulties that Indian women endured, such as gender and caste prejudice. As a member of the Indian Nationalist Movement, she utilized her poems to encourage others to fight for their country’s sovereignty.