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When Google Celebrated Indian Cinema

When Google Celebrated Indian Cinema
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Alam Ara's 80th Anniversary

Alam Ara

On 14th March, 2011, Google marked this doodle that showed the poster of India’s first talking film, Alam Ara. The doodle shows the lead actor Master Vithal and the actress Zubeida in the classic shot of the film. This shot has been immortalised as the image of Alam Ara.

Jagjit Singh's 72nd Birthday

Jagjit Singh

On 8th February 2013, Google celebrated the 72 birth anniversary of late Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh. The doodle featured him with his hands on the harmonium with the Google logo behind him. The color of the logo was the same as the shawl he wore, which also was the signature style of Jagjit Singh in his music concerts.

Satyajit Ray's 92nd Birthday

Satyajit Ray

On 2nd May, 2013, Google marked the 92nd birthday of ace Indian director Satyajit Ray. The doodle featured the protagonist siblings Apu and Durga from Ray’s first film Pather Panchali, which won 11 international awards at the time of its release in 1955.

M. S. Subbulakshmi's 97th Birthday

M. S. Subbulakshmi


On 16th September 2013, Google paid homage to the renowned Carnatic vocalist and Indian actress Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi on her 97th birthday. Mrs Subbulakshmi was the first musician to be awarded with Bharat Ratna, which is the highest civilian honor. She also acted in a few films in her life, and gave mesmerizing musical performances world over. The doodle had a portrait of a lady playing a veena, sorrounded by various musical instruments.

Ustad Alla Rakha's 95th Birthday

Ustad Alla Rakha


On 29th April 2014, Google honored the Tabla maestro Ustad Alla Rakha on his 95th birthday. Ustad Alla Rakha was a world-known tabla player and music composer of several Hindi films in 1940s. Along with Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Alla Rakha held concerts all over the globe. He also made albums in collaboration with international artists like Mickey Hart and Buddy Rich. He is the father of another reputed Tabla Player, ustad Zakir Hussain.

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