Who is Homai Vyarawalla & Why is She on Today’s Google Doodle?

Google India has paid tributes to Homai Vyarawalla by creating a Google Doodle on 9th December 2017.  She is featured in today’s Google Doodle because 9th December 2017 will mark her 104th Birth Anniversary. Google frequently releases an image, gif or an interactive animation on their homepage to mark certain big or small events in History. These are popularly known as ‘Google Doodles‘. These doodles are designed by young illustrators & artists. You can definitely be asked Question based on these important personalities in many of the Government exams like IBPS Clerk, SSC CHSL, SSC CGL, etc. So here’s all you need to know about Homai Vyarawalla – First Lady of the Lens to score in your exam!

Homai Vyarawalla – An Introduction

Dalda 13 or Homai Vyarawalla was born on 9th December 1913. She is India’s first Female Photo-Journalist. She has been really instrumental in capturing the essence of India during the initial years of its Independence.  Mrs Vyarawalla has received India’s First National Photo Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010. She was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2011 for her extraordinary contributions in the field of Photography. It is really inspirational to learn about this woman, who at that period, practised such unusual profession for a woman.

Personal Life of Homai Vyarawalla

  • Homai Vyaravalla was born in Navsari near Surat, Gujarat.
  • She married to Manekshaw Jamshetji Vyarawalla who was a photographer with The Times of India.
  • Manekshaw was her first teacher of Photography.
  • She had a son named Farouq.
  • Homai retired in 1973 after her husband’s death.
  • She breathed her last on 15 January 2012. She was 98.

Homai Vyarawalla – Career as a Photographer

  • Homai Vyarawalla clicked her first photograph of women at a picnic party at the Women’s Club in Bombay.
  • This picture was published in the Bombay Chronicles magazine in 1930. The magazine paid Homai Re 1 per photograph.
  • Homai & her husband worked with British Information Services (BIS) for a year in Delhi.
  • She carried her equipment around on a cycle wearing a saree
  • She continued to work with The Time of India & other publishing houses until her retirement in 1973.

Homai Vyarawalla’s Famous Photographs

Listed below are descriptions of some of the astonishing work done by Homai Vyarawalla.
  • Homai clicked a picture of the first flag hoisting ceremony at the Red Fort on 16th August 1947
  • She has also been around during the cremation of world-renowned dignitaries like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru
  • An epic picture of Lord Mountbatten leaving India was also one of her jewels.
  • Dalai Lama’s picture of him crossing over to the Indian Territory was also clicked by Mrs Vyarawalla in 1959.
Her work is now archived at the lkazi Foundation for the Arts and the National Gallery of Modern Arts, New Delhi.
biography was also written on Homai by Sabeena Gadihoke. It is named as – India in Focus: Camera Chronicles of Homai Vyarawalla. It is a tribute to this great legend and her work.

This Google Doodle on Homai Vyarawalla is illustrated by – Sameer Kulavoor

This was the brief but informative history of Homai Vyarawalla. Know more about similar such GK articles by clicking on the links given below!


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