Google Celebrates Zohra Sehgal With a Doodle


Google on Tuesday celebrated the work of iconic Indian actress and dancer Zohra Sehgal with a doodle.

On this day in 1946, Sehgal's "Neecha Nagar" was released at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie, according to Google, Indian cinema's first international critical success.

It won the festival's highest honour: the Palme d’Or prize.
Sahibzaadi Begum Zohra Mumtazullah Khan, a Rohilla Pathan of Rampur nobility, was born in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur.

In her early 20s, Sehgal attended a prestigious ballet school in Dresden, Germany. She travelled across the globe with legendary dancer Uday Shankar for ten years from 1935 to 1945, before returning to India.
In India, she joined Prithvi Theatre and travelled across the country with the troupe.
At Prithvi, Sehgal starred in Chetan Anand's "Neecha Nagar". The movie is considered to be one of the first projects of the parallel cinema movement in the subcontinent.