A google doodle of Homai Vyarawalla. Here are some facts about her

Google doodle
Google doodle

Google on Saturday paid tribute to Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first woman photojournalist, with a Doodle.

Vyarawalla was known for widely photographing India’s transition from the British Raj to an independent country after its subsequent partition.

Here are some unknown facts about Homai Vyarawalla.

  • Hailing from Navsari in Gujarat, Vyarawalla moved to Bombay to pursue a diploma at St Xavier’s College before moving on for further studies at the JJ School of Arts.
Homai Vyarawalla
Homai Vyarawalla
  • She was introduced to photography by her husband Manekcshaw Vyarawala, a photographer.


  • Vyarawala went on to work with the British Information Services and was a familiar sight in Delhi.


  • She believed that the key to a good photograph is timing, composition and angle.


  • Her contributions as a photo-journalist include immortalising the moment when the first Flag was hoisted at the Red Fort on August 15 ,1947.


  • Vyarawala also photographed Queen Elizabeth’s and former United States president, Dwight Eisenhower’s visits to India.


  • She was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India in 2011. She passed away at the age of 98 in 2012 in Vadodara, Gujarat.


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