Monday, September 28, 2020

Zohra Segal: Google Doodle features Iconic Indian actress


Google on Tuesday (September 29) remembered iconic Indian actress and dancer Zohra Segal who is India's first female actors to get recognition globally. The special doodle has her animated picture in a classical dance posture with floral background. The special doodle on Zohra Segal is designed by artist Parvati Pillai.

The google doodle blog said, ''Today’s Doodle, illustrated by guest artist Parvati Pillai, celebrates iconic Indian actress and dancer Zohra Segal, one of the country’s first female actors to truly achieve recognition on the international stage. Among Segal’s notable early work was a role in the film “Neecha Nagar“ (“Lowly City”), which was released on this day in 1946 at the Cannes Film Festival. Widely considered Indian cinema’s first international critical success, “Neecha Nagar” won the festival's highest honor: the Palme d’Or prize. 

The full name of Zohra Segal was Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan. She was born in  Saharanpur, India on April 27, 1912 . She attended a prestigious ballet school in Dresden, Germany in her early 20s and later toured internationally with the Indian dance pioneer Uday Shankar. After she returned to India, she transitioned to acting, joining the Indian People’s Theatre Association in 1945.

Segal got recognition on internation stage after she moved to London, England in 1962 and worked in British television classics like “Doctor Who“ and the 1984 miniseries “The Jewel in the Crown.”