Google remembers Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay on her 115th Birth anniversary.

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Google remembers Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay on her 115th Birth anniversary.

Google Doodle today paid tribute to Indian freedom fighter and feminist social reformer Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay on her 115th birth anniversary. She was born on 3rd April 1903 in Mangalore.  She was married at the age of 14 and was widowed two years later. Later she traveled to London to do her further education and after her return to India she joined the Indian National Congress in 1927.

She was the first woman to be arrested by the British for selling contraband salt, She also was the first woman to run for Legislative office. She was among the chosen few national leaders who had the privilege of signing the new Constitution of India document after Independence.

kamaladShe is immensely popular for persuading Mahatma Gandhi to call upon women to participate in civil disobedience movements during India’s freedom struggle.

She propounded that civil rights, religious freedoms, and political independence were all inter-related issues and worked relentlessly for the upliftment of women. She pioneered the cooperative movement which helped raise the socio-economic status of women around the country.

She went on to set up the famous theatre institute National School of Drama, Sangeet Natak Academy, Central Cottage Industries Emporium, and the Crafts Council of India.

Kamaladevi is also the recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.

 She passed away on October 29, 1988 at the age of 85.