Google’s honorary scribble comes at a time when the world has been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic for more than a year. Doctors and other medical professionals have never been more important to society. Google honored life and work of Dr. Kadambini Ganguly on Sunday, the first woman to be trained as a physician in India. Ganguly was also the first female student to be admitted to Calcutta Medical College, where she graduated in 1886.
Kadambini Ganguly: Highlights
- Kadambini Ganguly 160th birth anniversary was celebrated on the 18th of July
- Google honored Dr. Kadambini Ganguly’s life and work on Sunday
- In India, Kadambini Ganguly was the first woman to be trained as a physician
- Kadambini Ganguly was also one of six women who made up the 1889 INC first all-women delegation.
- A Bangalore-based artist named Oddrija created a Google doodle for this occasion.
Kadambini Ganguly’s Early Life, History, and Contributions
The Google doodle, created by a Bengaluru-based guest artist Oddrija, commemorates Ganguly’s 160th birthday and shines a light on her outstanding work to uplift Indian women across the country. She worked in both the medical field and the Indian women’s rights movement. Ganguly was also one of six women who made up the 1889 INC first all-women delegation.
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Ganguly’s education did not end with her medical degree from Calcutta; she went on to pursue three additional doctoral certifications with a specialization in gynecology, which was unusual for a woman at the time. In the 1890s, she returned to India to open her private clinic.
Google Doodle on Prothoma Kadambini
The 2020 biographical television series based on Ganguly’s life “Prothoma Kadambini” resurrected her legacy by telling her inspirational story to the new generation. Google’s honorary scribble comes at a time when the world has been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic for more than a year. Doctors and other medical professionals have never been more important to society. In such times, Ganguly’s contribution to India’s medical infrastructure, as well as her unwavering determination to help others, serves as an inspiration to many.
Google Doodle Celebrates
Google Doodle celebrates the 160th birth anniversary of Doctor Kadambini Ganguly, who made history for her many firsts. On this occasion Google India tweets.
Artist Oddrija Shared the Journey of the Doodle
It aims to represent the selfless work done by our frontline workers throughout the pandemic once more. “In the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw how medical infrastructure and doctors were hailed as heroes and heroes for becoming the saviours the world requires,” artist Oddrija said on a toggle page.
With her indomitable spirit and inquisitiveness, Kadambini Ganguly was a trailblazer in her contribution to medical infrastructure in India, earning her a triple diploma in Western Medicine studies. In the same vein, working on this Doodle allowed me to represent a young, spirited woman from pre-independence Bangladesh.
“To put it simply, I get to do a Google Doodle about a personality who is from my hometown, spoke my mother tongue, and made a significant difference back in her day,” she said when asked what her first thoughts were when approached about working on this Doodle. “It was a moment of pride for a Bengali!”
Indian National Congress Gave Tribute to Kadambini Ganguly
Indian National Congress Party shared her photo on Twitter, writing: “Kadambini Ganguly is being honored today for inspiring generations of Indians to strive for greatness. She was not only one of the first female graduates in India, but also one of the first women in South Asia to practise Western medicine.”
Chairperson – NCW Expressed Honour
“On the occasion of the birth anniversary of #KadambiniGanguly, we remember her. In a male-dominated society, Kadambini Ganguly overcame all obstacles and prejudices to pursue a career in medicine. She actively advocated for women’s emancipation and admission to academic institutions.” Rekha Sharma, the chairperson of the National Commission for Women, stated this on Twitter.
Politicians From All Parties Paid Tribute to Kadambini Ganguly
On the occasion, politicians from all parties paid tribute to Ganguly. Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader, recalled her political contributions and tweeted, “We honor her.”
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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot posted on Twitter: “On the occasion of her birth anniversary, we pay tribute to #KadambiniGanguly, one of India’s first two female physicians. She began studying medicine in 1883, received training in Scotland, and established a medical practice in India. Her contribution to women’s emancipation will be remembered forever.”