Google India is celebrating the Birthday of Nightingale of India, Sarojini Naidu’s Birthday with a traditional Doodle. The Doodle shows a portrait of Naidu superimposed upon the letter O of Google, while a Fountain Pen replaces the letter L. The doodle is available only on Google India’s Homepage (google.co.in) and not on other countries’ or global Homepage.
Sarojini Naidu was born as Sarojini Chattopadhyaya in a Bengali Family in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) on February 13, 1879. Her father was the founder of Nizam’s College, Hyderabad while her mother was a poetess and used to write poetry in Bengali.
Naidu began writing at the age of 13. In 1905, her first collection of poems, named “The Golden Threshold” was published.
She was an active participant in Indian Freedom Struggle. In 1925, Naidu presided over the annual session of Indian National Congress at Kanpur. She played a leading role during the Civil Disobedience Movement and was jailed along with Gandhi and other leaders. In 1942, she was arrested during the “Quit India” movement.
After Independence, She was the first woman to become the governor of an Indian state (United Provinces from 1947 to 1949). She was also one of the makers of Indian Constitution. She married Dr. Govindarajulu Naidu in 1898 and had 5 Children.
Her Birthday (February 13) is celebrated as Indian Women’s Day every year.