Sarojini Naidu

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The Inspirational Story of "Sarojini Naidu"

In this episode of “Famous Indian Personalities”, let us talk about the Nightingale of India- Sarojini Naidu. She is the most prominent woman face of Indian independence. She was a poet, social reformer, and political leader.

Birth: She was born on 13th February 1897, in Hyderabad. She is the daughter of a scientist, Aghorenath Chattopadhyay, and Barada Sundari Devi, a poetess. 

Childhood: Sarojini has been a bright and brilliant child since she was a kid. English, Bengali, Urdu, Telugu, and Persian were among the many languages that she excelled in.

Adult Life: She excelled in her Madras University matriculation exams. Sarojini’s father intended her to be a mathematician or scientist, but she was drawn to poetry and wanted to pursue it. She used her remarkable literary abilities to compose a 1300-line English poem titled ‘The Lady of the Lake.’ Dr. Chattopadhyaya was impressed by Sarojini’s ability and encouraged her work. Sarojini, with the help of her father, created the Persian language play “Maher Muneer” a few months later.

Trigger point in her life: In 1905 she met Mahatma Gandhi, Gopal Krishna Gokhle, and Rabindranath Tagore and became a part of the Indian National Movement. She preached about women empowerment and social reformation. In 1917 she established the Women’s India Association and became the 1st Indian women President of the Indian National Congress in 1925. 

Movements: She took part in Satyagraha, Quit India Movement, Non-Cooperation Movement, and others. In 1947 she became the first women Governor of the United Province. Sarojini Naidu is a well known and respected role model throughout the world. In 1990 an asteroid was dedicated after her name, asteroid 5647 Sarojini Naidu.

Her Works: She wrote a Persian play in her childhood, “Maher Muneer” and received a scholarship to study abroad. She wrote several poems and books like “The Golden Threshold” in 1905, “The Bird of Time” in 1912, “The Broken Wing” in 1917, and many more. “In the Bazaars of Hyderabad,” published in 1912, is still one of her most renowned poems.

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