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Google Doodle Celebrates 115th Birthday Of Freedom Fighter Kamladevi Chattopadhyay

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| April 3 , 2018 , 11:34 IST

Google on Tuesday dedicated its quirky and creative doodle to mark the 115th birth anniversary of India's social reformer and freedom fighter Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay.

Kamaladevi was born on April  3, 1903, in Mangalore. At the age of 7, she lost her father and was married at the age of 14 and lost her husband at the age of 16. A widow at a very young age, Kamladevi travelled to London to study.

She joined Indian National Congress in 1927 and gradually became the first Indian woman to be arrested by British for entering Bombay Stock Exchange and selling packets of contraband salt in 1930. 

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She was one of the few feminist freedom fighters the country has seen. Even after India's independence in 1947, she continued to work for the refugees and also contributed to the cultural landscape. 

Chattopadhyay also worked continuously for the upliftment of the socio-economic standard of the Indian women by leading the cooperative movement. 

She is also remembered for her contribution to the renaissance of Indian handicrafts, handlooms and theatre in independent India.

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Chattopadhyay is regarded as the visionary behind the famous New Delhi-situated theatre institute National School of Drama, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Central Cottage Industries Emporium, and the Crafts Council of India. 

She is also the recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.