Famous Indian Women : Rukmini Devi Arundale

  • Rukmini Devi (1904 -1986) was an Indian dancer and choreographer of the Indian classical dance form of Bharatnatyam.
  • She was born in an upper class Brahmin family in Madurai.
  • In 1920 she married Dr.George Arundale, a prominent British Theosophist who was closely associated with Annie Besant.
  • During the 1930s Rukmini met Bharatnatyam by E. Krishna Iyer, founder-secretary of the Madras Music Academy.They fought a successful battle to save Bharatnatyam which seemed likely to be buried along with the disfavoured devadasi system as it was considered a low and vulgar art in the early 1920s and known as sadhir.

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Famous Indian Women : Anitha Desai

  • Anitha Desai is a world famous Indian novelist and Professor of Humanities at the MIT.
  • She was born in 1935 to a German mother and a Bengali father.
  • She was shortlisted three times for Booker prize and received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1978 for her novel - Fire on the Mountain.
  • Booker Prize-winning novelist Kiran Desai is the daughter of Anitha Desai.
  • Her famous books are In Custody, Clear Light of Day and Fasting, Feasting etc.

Famous Indian Women : Sonal Mansingh

  • Sonal Mansingh (born : 1944,Mumbai) is a prominent Indian classical dancer and choreographer of Odissi dancing.
  • She is a known social activist, thinker, researcher, orator, choreographer and teacher.
  • She is also proficient in other Indian classical dancing styles including Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, and Chhau.
  • Over the 40 years of her career, she travelled all around the world and brought many awards for her talence.
  • She is a recipient of Padma Bhushan (1992), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987,and the Padma Vibhushan in 2003

Famous Indian Women : Ela Bhatt

  • Ela Bhutt (born:1933,Ahmedabad) is a well known philanthropist and social worker of modern India.
  • She is the founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA) in 1972.
  • As a women's trade union SEWA has empowered more than 1.3 marginalized  women of India.

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Famous Indian Women : Karnam Malleswari

  • Malleswari was born in 1975 at Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • She is the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal,a bronze medal for weightlifting (69kg) in the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney.
  • She is a recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award (1995-96), India's highest sporting honour and Padma Shri in 1999.