German musician and composer Clara Schumann's 193rd birth anniversary is being celebrated by search engine major Google through its latest doodle today.

Born in 1819, Clara was one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era.

Thursday's doodle has Clara surrounded by her eight children. Three of the children are seen clinging onto her while the remaining are seen playing the piano along with Clara.

Attractive use of - blue, yellow, green and red - and forms make prominent the letters of the word 'Google'.

Raised by her father, Friedrich Wieck, following her parents separation when she was just four years old, Clara gave her first performance when she was eight years old. Considered a child dodgy, her music became popular across other European nations.

Clara married Robert Schumann, whom she is supposed to have met during her first performance at the age of eight, in 1839. The couple had eight children. But tragedy struck her married life as four of her children died before her. And, her husband and one son spent their last years at a mental asylum.

Clara herself became hearing impaired during the later stages of her life and died at the age of 76 following a stroke.

Google doodles, or the graphical representation of Google logo, are designed to mark holidays, anniversaries and lives of famous artists and scientists. The search giant has created over 1,000 doodles so far.

(This article was published on September 13, 2012)
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