Sarojini Naidu

Posted by The Open Page | 7th April 2017

 Sarojini Naidu
The Nightingale of India, Sarojini Naidu was born on this day i.e. 13th February in the year 1879. Her father Aghoranath Chattopadhyaya was a scientist and was the founder of the Nizam College, Hyderabad. Her mother Barada Sundari Devi was one of the famous Bengali poets. She was called the Nightingale of India or Bharatiya Kokila because her poems are rich in imagery and have much rhetorical gesturing for an ideal love. For this reason, she is called the 'Nightingale of India'.Sarojini Naidu was an Indian independence activist, poet and politician.
Let’s check out some of the Interesting facts of Sarojini Naidu’s life and remember her on her Birthday.
At the age of 16, she was received scholarship from Nizam of Hyderabad and went to London to study first at King's College, London and later at Girton College, Cambridge
In England, She came into contact with Nobel laureate Arthur Simon and Edmond Gausse. Gausse convinced Sarojini to stick to Indian themes and depicted her poetry on contemporary Indian life and events
Sarojini Naidu was the first Indian woman to become the President of the Indian National Congress and the first woman to become the governor of a state in India
At the age of 19, she married Dr. Govindarajulu Naidu, a non-Brahmin and a doctor by profession and lead a happy married life with four children Jayasurya, Padmaj, Randheer, and Leilaman
Sarojini Naidu joined the Indian national movement in the wake of partition of Bengal in 1905 and came into contact with Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Annie Besant, Jawaharlal Nehru and other national leaders of that time
In 1925, Sarojini Naidu chaired the annual session of Indian National Congress at Kanpur. She played a leading role in the Civil Disobedience Movement and was sent to jail along with Gandhi and other leaders
In 1942, Sarojini Naidu was arrested during the "Quit India" movement and was jailed for 21 months with Gandhi. She had a very pleasant relationship with Gandhi and often called him "Mickey Mouse"
Sarojini Naidu was the first woman governor of independent India and was commissioned in Uttar Pradesh. Sarojini Naidu passed away on March 2, 1949 while working in her office.

Famous poems by Sarojini Naidu
Palanquin Bearers
Coromandel Fishers
Autumn Song
Indian Weavers
In salutation to the Eternal Peace

Famous books by Sarojini Naidu
The Golden Threshold (1905)
The Broken Wing: Songs of Love, Death and Destiny (1912)
Words of Freedom
The Bird of Time- Songs of Life, Death and the spring. (1912)

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