With many roles on her shoulders, Mahadevi Varma was a celebrated India Hindi poet who made an effort to change the image of India. A freedom fighter, women right’s activist, and an educationist, the poet has led a life of hardships and struggles and on her 111th birth anniversary, Google has honored her with a Doodle.
Mahadevi Varma, born in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh, had always been a rebel when it came to women’s rights. Made by guest artist Sonali Zohra, Google Doodle celebrates the work and contribution of this path-breaking poet by showing her sitting under the tree doing what she does best, penning down her thought into beautiful verses.
Google India shared a tweet in remembrance of the lady saying, “With a passion for poetry, Mahadevi Varma wrote her way to greatness. Today, we celebrate her fight for the nation’s freedom and her contribution to the Indian Neo-Romantic poetry movement with a #GoogleDoodle.”
With a passion for poetry, Mahadevi Varma wrote her way to greatness. Today, we celebrate her fight for the nation’s freedom and her contribution to the Indian Neo-Romantic poetry movement with a #GoogleDoodle. https://t.co/iF6NXNQA4F pic.twitter.com/DoJgxFPOOj
— Google India (@GoogleIndia) April 27, 2018
Through a post on Google Doodle, Google explained the life of the inspiring lady further revealing that she was married at a tender age of 9 but stayed at her parental home and finished her education at Crossthwaite Girls’ School in Allahabad.
She penned her first verse in secret while pursuing masters in Sanskrit, little did she know that talent cannot be buried. Her roommate found it and then started the journey of this great poet.
“Today, Mahadevi Varma is considered one of the foundational poets of the Chhayavad movement in Hindi literature,” the Google Doodle post
Born in an era when girls were known to be a burden on their parents, Mahadevi Varma was fortunate enough to be born in a house full of liberal people. In her biography called, Mere Bachpan Ke Din, Varma claims that all her success is the result of her parent’s motivation.
The poet didn’t limit her wings to writing poetry but later, she even wrote many essays and books and moved on to become the principal of Prayag Mahila Vidyapeeth. Her feminist work and articles on women’s rights in magazines and newspapers are no hidden secret.
As a result of her motivational life, she was also honored with Padma Bhushan in 1956, Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979, and Padma Vibhushan in 1988. She died on September 11, 1987.