The present Doodle, represented by visitor artist Parvati Pillai, celebrates iconic Indian actress and dancer Zohra Segal, one of the nation’s first female actors to really accomplish recognition on the worldwide stage.
Among Segal’s eminent early work was a part in the film “Neecha Nagar” (“Lowly City”), which was released on this day in 1946 at the Cannes Film Festival. Generally viewed as Indian film’s first international critical achievement, “Neecha Nagar” won the festival’s most noteworthy honor: the Palme d’Or prize.
Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan was born on April 27, 1912 in Saharanpur, British India. She went to a prestigious ballet school in Dresden, Germany in her mid 20s and later visited universally with the Indian dance pioneer Uday Shankar.
After she got back to India, she progressed to acting, joining the Indian People’s Theater Association in 1945.
Segal moved to London, England in 1962 and built a international profile over the next decades with roles in British TV works of art like “Doctor Who” and the 1984 miniseries “The Jewel in the Crown.”
During the 1990s, she got back to India, where she kept following up on the stage and in Bollywood films. In 2002, the time of her 90th birthday celebration, Segal showed up in her noteworthy part in the film “Bend it Like Beckham,” and kept on acting admirably into her 90s.
Throughout the long term, India has recognized Segal’s productive contributions with a some of the country’s most highest awards: the Padma Shri (1998), the Kalidas Samman (2001), and the Padma Vibhushan (2010).