Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first woman photojournalist would have been 104 today had she been alive. On her birth anniversary, Google paid tribute to her through a doodle.Here are 10 things you should know about India’s first woman photojournalist- Homai Vyarawalla was born on 9 December 1913 to a Parsi family in Navsari near Surat in Gujarat. Her father ran a travelling theatre company- She is a graduate from the Sir JJ School of Art- She married Jamshetji Vyarawalla, a photographer with The Times of India- She began her photography career in the 1930s where a chunk of her work was published during World War II in the Illustrated Weekly. At the beginning, her pictures were published in her husband’s name- In 1942, she moved to New Delhi where she joined British Information Services. Here her work was recognised as she took photographs of several Indian leaders including Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru- Most of her photographs were published under the pseudonym “Dalda 13″. The reasons behind her choice of this name were that her birth year was 1913, she met her husband at the age of 13 and her first car’s number plate read “DLD 13”- In 1970, shortly after her husband’s death, Homai Vyarawalla decided to give up photography lamenting over the “bad behaviour” of the new generation of photographers- Later in life, Vyarawalla gave her collection of photographs to the Delhi-based Alkazi Foundation for the Arts.- She was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2011- On her 104th birth anniversary, Google paid tribute to her through a doodle.
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