Zohra Sehgal is considered among India’s iconic dancers and actresses. One of her best films, “Neecha Nagar“, released in 1946, completed another year today i.e. September 29, 2020. On this special day, Google, honoring her legacy, featured her in a Doodle on its homepage.
The film, “Neecha Nagar” was released in the Cannes International Film Festival, of which the film won the highest award in that year- the Palme d’Or prize.
Zohra Sehgal was born on April 27, 1912, in Saharanpur in (now) Uttar Pradesh, in the times of British Government. When in her early 20’s, she joined the well-known ballet school in Dresden, Germany. She went on a world tour with Indian dance pioneer, Uday Shankar.
When she returned to India in 1945, she wanted to learn acting. So, she joined Indian People’s Theatre Association, which is among the most reputed theatre associations of India.
It was 1962 when she went to London and there she worked in some British television series including Doctor Who and the 1984 miniseries, The Jewel in the Crown.
After working in such an amazing television series, Sehgal decided to continue working in Indian films and returned to India in the mid-90s.
One of her major landmarks is the British film, “Bend It Like Beckham“. With that film, she again won many hearts by her charming performance in the film.
Zohra Sehgal has been honored with some of the greatest awards in India. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988. Later, she was awarded the Kalidas Samman in the year 2001. She also got honored by the Padma Vibhushan in 2010.
On July 10, 2014, Zohra Sehgal left the world at a well riped age of 102 in the nation’s capital. Top national personalities like Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed their grief for the demise of such a brilliant dancer and actress.
She was prolific and full of life and her acting is admired across generations, as tweeted by PM Modi on her passing away.
Parvati Pillai is the one who designed today’s Doodle dedicated to Zohra Sehgal. The guide artist expressed her feelings about her relation with Zohra Sehgal.
She said that the ‘evergreen’ Sehgal lived her life to the fullest and had enormous love for her passions – acting and dancing, specially in her last few years.
She also said that Zohra Sehgal has taught what it meant to be passionate about our work and that we should never be afraid of challenges.
Zohra Sehgal is one of India’s greatest jewels. She has contributed a lot to Indian films as well as British films. She was an excellent dancer too.
She left her impression across many countries. Even today people from different nations praise her legacy and work.
Being honored by Google by featuring in its Doodle is another achievement in her legacy. She was the first woman to win an international award. Indians love her today as well.
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