Poet, nightingale, freedom fighter, and activist of independent India, Sarojini Naidu was eldest of 8 siblings and was born on February 13, 1879.
She was one of the prominent figures who came forward in India’s struggle. Sarojini was a social activist and an inspiring woman who was known for conducting several movements in order to bring change in society that instills till now.
Sarojini Naidu passed away on March 2, 1949, of a cardiac arrest. This year, it will mark the 72nd death anniversary, and we are catering 7 interesting facts about the ‘Nightingale of India’:
1. Sarojini Naidu had a great interest in writing, and she started writing at the age of 12. She received accolades for her work including ‘Maher Muneer’, which she wrote in Persian. Even Nawab of Hyderabad was impressed by her amazing work.
2. She studied in London as she received a scholarship from the Nizam of Hyderabad at the age of 16. She graduated from the London King’s College.
3. While she was in London, she met Padipati Govindarajulu Naidu, with whom she fell in love with. After completing her education, she tied the knot with him at the age of 19 in 1898. They became parents to four children named Jayasurya, Padmaja, Randheer, and Leilama
4. In the year 1905, she joined the Indian National Movement and later became the president of the Indian National Congress in 1925. Not only this, but she also took part in the Salt Satyagraha in the year 1930.
5. She was known to be one of the most influential personalities, and various institutions were named after her including Sarojini Naidu Medical College, Sarojini Naidu College for Women, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, Sarojini Devi Eye hospital, and many others.
6. She was also the first woman governor of India, and she served from the year 1947 to 1949.
7. Many people are unaware about the fact that she was a great support system to Mahatma Gandhi and she was even nicknamed Gandhi’s Mickey Mouse.
The facts stated below are narrating her journey and contribution towards Independent India. What is more fascinating is that genz are still hunting for this energy and power to fight for the rights they are being deprived of.