Independence Day 2021: Google celebrates India’s diverse cultural traditions with a dance doodle
To commemorate India's 75th Independence Day, Google on Sunday displayed a doodle that captures the diverse cultural traditions in the country.
The doodle artwork illustrates our diverse forms of dance - from the classical tradition of Bharatnatyam (the oldest Indian dance style with origins stretching back 3000 years in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.), Bihu and Bhangra to the masked reenactments from Indian epics known as Chhau dance and Kathakali.
The artwork has been created by Kolkata-based artist Sayan Mukherjee. “Since India is such a vast country with such a diverse population, there is only one thing that holds all of us together and that is our unity in diversity. I tried to capture that from the doodle” said Mukherjee.
"At the stroke of midnight on this day in 1947, India’s decades-long movement for independence culminated as the nation became a sovereign republic. Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Kolkata, India-based guest artist Sayan Mukherjee, celebrates India’s Independence Day and its cultural traditions forged in centuries of historical progress," Google said in a statement.
Elaborating on India's diverse cultural traditions, Google wrote that Indians across the subcontinent's 29 states 'celerabte their freedom and multicultural spirit with customs such as traditional dance performances, which vary depending on regional culture.'
The artwork displays a total of six classical and folk dancers, all performing on the same stage with a backdrop of kites flying in the blue sky.
Last year, Google Doodle for India's Independence Day featured several iconic Indian folk instruments, including the tutari, shehnai, dhol, veena, sarangi and bansuri. It also captures the essence of various Indian art forms.
From versatile double-reeded shehnai to the resonant stringed sarangi, the artworks of instruments represented India’s rich musical legacy which dates to more than 6,000 years.
The doodle was illustrated by Mumbai-based artist Sachin Ghanekar. Through this doodle, Ghanekar wished to convey the idea of India's rich heritage to all citizens.