Homai Vyarawalla

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Homai Vyarawalla

Born: 9 December 1913

Died: 15 January 2012

  • She commonly is known by her pseudonym Dalda 13, was India’s first woman photojournalist.
  • She began work in the late 1930s and retired in the early 1970s.
  • In 2011, she was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India.
  • She was amongst the first women in India to join a mainstream publication when she joined The Illustrated Weekly of India.
  • She started her career in the 1930s.
  • At the onset of World War II, she started working on assignments for Mumbai-based The Illustrated Weekly of India magazine which published many of her most admired black-and-white images.
  • In the early years of her career, since Vyarawalla was unknown and a woman, her photographs were published under her husband’s name.
  • Later in life, she gave her collection of photographs to the Delhi-based Alkazi Foundation for the Arts and, in 2010, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai (NGMA), the foundation presented a retrospective of her work.
  • In 1998, she was honored with the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Media person.
  • Google honored Vyarawalla on the 104th anniversary of her birth with a doodle, “First Lady of the Lens”.

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