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.
- 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.