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Country’s first woman photo-journalist Homai Vyarawala dead

PTI Vadodara | Updated on March 10, 2018 Published on January 15, 2012

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Vyarawalla captured key events that had a decisive impact on India's history, including a meeting where leaders voted for the June 3 plan for India’s partition.

India’s first woman photo-journalist Homai Vyarawala died at a private hospital here this morning at the age of 98.

She fell from her cot three days ago and was hospitalised at a private hospital, officials said.

Her husband Maneckshaw Vyarawala predeceased her in 1970.

Born on December 9, 1913 to a Parsi family, Vyarawala grew up in Mumbai and moved to Delhi in 1942 where she photographed events leading to Independence, as an employee of the British Information Services.

She took photographs of key events that would have a decisive impact on Indian history, including a meeting where leaders voted for the June 3 plan for India’s partition.

She also photographed the first flag hoisting ceremony at Red Fort on August 15, 1947, the departure of Lord Mountbatten from India and the funerals of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri.

She was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in January last year.

Published on January 15, 2012
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