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Google pays tribute to iconic Indian actress and dancer Zohra Sehgal with special doodle


Team Udayavani, Sep 29, 2020, 11:20 AM IST

Iconic Indian actress and dancer Zohra Sehgal was honoured by Google, which featured her in a Doodle on its homepage. The illustration, which shows Segal as dancing, has been illustrated by guest artist Parvati Pillai.

Google described Ms Sehgal as “one of the country’s first female actors to truly achieve recognition on the international stage.”

The google doodle blog said, “Today’s Doodle, illustrated by guest artist Parvati Pillai, celebrates iconic Indian actress and dancer Zohra Segal, one of the country’s first female actors to truly achieve recognition on the international stage. Among Segal’s notable early work was a role in the film “Neecha Nagar“ (“Lowly City”), which was released on this day in 1946 at the Cannes Film Festival. Widely considered Indian cinema’s first international critical success, “Neecha Nagar” won the festival’s highest honor: the Palme d’Or prize”

Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan was born on April 27, 1912, she died at the age of 102 in New Delhi.

She attended a prestigious ballet school in Dresden, Germany in her early 20s and later toured internationally with the Indian dance pioneer Uday Shankar.

After she returned to India, she transitioned to acting, joining the Indian People’s Theatre Association in 1945.

She has received honours like the Padma Shri (1998), the Kalidas Samman (2001), and the Padma Vibhushan (2010).

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