On Tuesday, September 29, Google paid tribute to iconic actress Zohra Sehgal with a special doodle. The tech giant is known to commemorate special days and celebrate iconic figures through their creative doodles and has done the same today by honoring Zohra Sehgal. The Google Doodle features an image of Sehgal on a floral background that says “Google”.
In their blog, the company mentions that the doodle was illustrated by artist Parvati Pillai. He goes on to say that the doodle celebrates “one of the country’s first actresses to be truly recognized on the international stage”.
Sehgal was born on April 27, 1912 in Saharanpur and her full name was Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan. She died at the age of 102.
Sehgal toured internationally with Indian dance pioneer Uday Shankar and then joined the Indian People’s Theater Association in 1945.
The blog mentions that one of Sehgal’s notable films, ‘Neecha Nagar’ was released at the Cannes Film Festival that day in 1946. “Widely regarded as the first international critical success of Indian cinema, ‘Neecha Nagar’ won the highest distinction of the festival: the Palme d “Or price”, says the blog.
In 1962, Sehgal moved to London, England, and worked in several British television classics like “Doctor Who” and “The Jewel in the Crown”. She returned to India in the mid-1990s, and continued to work in various films, the blog adds.
Sehgal was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998, the Kalidas Samman in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2010.