Google Doodle Honours Poet And Activist Mahadevi Verma

| April 27 , 2018 , 10:59 IST

Mahadevi Verma the Hindi poet, women activist, freedom fighter, educationist was honoured by Google doodle on Friday, the 36th anniversary of her receiving the Gyanpeeth Award on April 27, 1982 for her invaluable contribution to literature. 

Google Doodle artist Sonali Zohra penned the sketch showing Mahadevi writing down her thoughts in beautiful verses under a tree in the breezy afternoon.

Mahadevi was born on 26 March 1907 in Fraukhabad Uttar Pradesh in an orthodox family. She is regarded as the 'modern Meera' and the major poet of Chhayavaad, the literary movement of romanticism in the modern Hindi poetry. She was married at quite a young age, but she remained with her parents and continued her further education.

Her parents were the main motivation for continuing her studies at that time when girls were considered as a burden, she described in her biography 'Mere Bachpan Kae Din' and felt very fortunate to be born in a liberal family. Her mother motivated her to write in Sanskrit and Hindi, according to the sources. While pursuing her masters in Sanskrit she penned down her first poem which was only read by her roommate and friend, the very renowned poet Subhadra Kumari Chauhan.

Mahadevi Verma wrote poetry and essays which were usually centered on the experiences of being a woman. 'Sketches from my Past' is a collection of short stories by her when she encountered different women while being the principal of a girls school.

Mahadevi received a Padma Bhushan in 1956, Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979, and Padma Vibhusan in 1988. She died on September 11, 1987.