Amrita Pritam is the latest to have a dedicated Google doodle. This doodle proves Google’s intense focus on India, especially the lesser-known personalities having made a difference to societies around them. In this regard, Amrita Pritam holds the distinction of being one of the first well-known Punjabi authors (and poets) in the country. Amrita Pritam is also a Jnanpith awardee.
At this point in time, Google doodling Pritam and highlighting her works is a potentially sure way of understanding more about the poet by the rest of the Indian populace. Here, it is worth remembering that Google also not too long ago recognized the contributions of legendary Kannada actor Dr Rajkumar and dedicated a doodle to the thespian in 2017. The Amirta Pritam Google doodle has also led to tributes pouring in from multiple Indian celebrities. These personalities have taken to micro-blogging site Twitter to dedicate their wishes to the late poet who is also a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award – becoming the first woman in the process to win the coveted honour. Check out Twitter reactions of popular celebrities, conveying wishes to late Amrita Pritam:
Remembering legendary an Indian novelist, essayist and poet Amrita Pritam Ji on her Birth Anniversary. The first woman to get Sahitya Akademi award, she was also awarded Padma Vibhushan.#AmritaPritam #GoogleDoodle @GoogleDoodles @GoogleIndia pic.twitter.com/I1J16lDV9j— Daler Mehndi (@dalermehndi) August 31, 2019
Remembering the leading poet of the 20th century, #AmritaPritam ji. She will always be remembered for her contributions to literature and remain an icon of women empowerment for generations to come. Sharing this picture from when I conferred her with the Punjab Rattan Award. pic.twitter.com/AAVAHQf4rM— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 31, 2019
Google's India focus
Finally, it is heartening to witness Google's focus on the lesser-known aspects of India and help in bringing these to light through its digital initiatives. More recently, Google had doodled the Indian general elections. This made for an interesting scene. Netizens, here, were guided through the different steps involved in voting as well.