Today we count the 142nd birth anniversary of Sarojini Naidu, who was named as the ‘Nightingale of India’ by Mahatma Gandhi for her beautiful poetry. Sarojini Naidu during her time became the face of women’s empowerment in India. She played a key role during India’s freedom struggle. She was a bold believer of non-violence and Satyagraha and was also a close follower of Mahatma Gandhi. Sarojini Naidu was also the first woman president of the Indian National Congress and also the first woman governor in India. In 1929, she was honoured with the Kaisar-i-Hind Medal by the British for her contribution during the plague breakout in the country.
Sarojini Naidu was a child spectacle. She was only 12 years old when she wrote a 1300-line poem ‘Lady of the Lake’ in six days. In honour of her birthday, we are sharing a few lines from her famous poems.
1. A Love Song From The North by Sarojini Naidu started the lines:
“Tell me no more of thy love, papeeha,
Wouldst thou recall to my heart, papeeha,
Dreams of delight that are gone,
When swift to my side came the feet of my lover…”
2.Alabaster by Sarojini Naidu:
“Like this alabaster box whose art
Is frail as a cassia-flower is my heart,
Carven with delicate dreams and wrought
With many a subtle and exquisite thought.
Therein I treasure the spice and scent
Of rich and passionate memories blent
Like odours of cinnamon, sandal and clove,
Of song and sorrow and life and love.”
In the later year of her life Naidu’s poem “In the Bazaars of Hyderabad” was publicized as a part of The Bird of Timewith her other poems in 1912. “In the Bazaars of Hyderabad” had a positive response on the critics, who pointed out Naidu’s visceral use of rich sensory images in her writing.
The Feather of The Dawn which comprised poems written by her in 1927 was edited and published after Naidu’s death in 1961 by her daughter Padmaja Naidu. Moreover her poem The Gift of India is also significant for its patriotism and is capable to display the actual environment of the 1915 India.
So from running the country to writing poems and books Naidu did it all and did it to its best. Making women come up and do everything a man can do is something that we should learn from her. Her motivation towards women empowerment is commendable and still is in the minds of each individual. Saying this we wish the icon a very happy birthday and to all women Happy Women’s Day.