Subhadra Kumari Chauhan Google Doodle: Today’s Google doodle features an image of Hindi poet Subhadra Kumari Chauhan. Google celebrates the 117th Birth Anniversary of legendary Hindi poet Subhadra Kumari Chauhan with an artistic Doodle. It is illustrated by New Zealand-based guest artist Prabha Mallya and depicts the poet seated at her desk in a pensive mood, pages flying around her, with the Rani of Jhansi on one side Subhadra, and satyagrahis from the Indian freedom struggle on the other.
About Subhadra Kumari Chauhan
Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, writer and Indian freedom fighter is popularly known for her poem ‘Jhansi ki Rani’ on Rani Lakshmi Bai is honored with a Google Doodle today to celebrate her 117th Birth Anniversary. Subhadra Kumari Chauhan was born in Rajput family of Nihalpur village near Prayagraj on 16th August, 1904.
She earlier studied in the Crosthwaite Girls’ School in Allahabad and passed the middle-school examination in 1919. She married Thakur Lakshman Singh Chauhan of Khandwa in 1919 when she was only sixteen years old. She had five children.
Chauhan’s poetry and prose primarily centered around the hardships that Indian women overcame, such as gender and caste discrimination. Her poetry remained uniquely underscored by her resolute nationalism. In 1923, Chauhan’s unyielding activism led her to become the first woman satyagrahi, a member of the Indian collective of nonviolent anti-colonialists to be arrested in the struggle for national liberation. She continued to make revolutionary statements in the fight for freedom both on and off the page into the 1940s, publishing a total of 88 poems and 46 short stories.
Today, Chauhan’s poetry remains a staple in many Indian classrooms as a symbol of historical progress, encouraging future generations to stand up against social injustice and celebrate the words that shaped a nation’s history.
Happy birthday, Subhadra Kumari Chauhan!
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Her evocative nationalist poem “Jhansi ki Rani” is widely regarded as one of the most recited poems in Hindi literature.
झाँसी की रानी
सिंहासन हिल उठे राजवंशों ने भृकुटी तानी थी,
बूढ़े भारत में भी आई फिर से नयी जवानी थी,
गुमी हुई आज़ादी की कीमत सबने पहचानी थी,
दूर फिरंगी को करने की सबने मन में ठानी थी।
चमक उठी सन सत्तावन में, वह तलवार पुरानी थी,
बुंदेले हरबोलों के मुँह हमने सुनी कहानी थी,
खूब लड़ी मर्दानी वह तो झाँसी वाली रानी थी।।