Google on Tuesday created a doodle commemorating the iconic Indian actress Zohra Sehgal. Sehgal was one of the first artists in the country to be internationally acclaimed. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998, Kalidas Award in 2001 and Padma Vibhushan in 2010, the highest award in the country. Google usually makes doodles every day by remembering one or the other great person.
Sehgal was born on April 27, 1912, in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. At the age of 20, Sehgal learned ballet at a prestigious school in Dresden, Germany. She later toured internationally with Uday Shankar, the legendary figure of the Indian dance field.
After the years of 1945, Sehgal joined the Indian People’s Theater Association and got into acting. Some of her famous films include Neecha Nagar, which was screened at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival. The film won the Palme d’Or Award, the festival’s highest honor.
After Sehgal moved to London in 1962, she worked on British television shows such as ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘The 1984 Minigaries the Jewel in the Crown’. She also played a role in Bend It Like Beckham. Sehgal passed away on 10 July 2014 in New Delhi.