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Sarojini Naidu's Birth Anniversary -13 February

Updated on February 8, 2012

Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu was a great patriot, politician, orator and administrator. Mrs. Naidu's name is at the top of all the famous women of India. Not only that, but she was truly one of the jewels of the world. Being one of the most famous heroines of the 20th century, her birthday 13 February is celebrated as "Women's Day"

Life History of Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu was born on 13 February 1879 In Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh in India. Her father, Dr. Aghornath Chattopadhyaya, was the founder of Nizam College of Hyderabad and a scientist. Her mother, Mrs. Varasundari, was a Bengali poetess. Sarojinidevi inherited qualities from both her father and mother.

Sarojini was a very bright student, her father aspired her to become mathematician or scientist, but interest was in poetry and literature. So she selected this area to explore her talents. She became one of the most famous Indian poets in her lifetime. She wrote many works, some of them are as follow- The Lady of the Lake-a poem of 1300 lines long, Golden Threshold, The Bird of Time and The Broken Wings, The Magic Tree, The Wizard Mask and A Treasury of Poems.

In the meantime, India was struggling for independence, Naidu used her poems to inspire Indians to get freedom. She used her talent to free Mother India. In 1916, she met to Gandhi ji and after that she dedicated whole energy to the fight for freedom. The independence of India became the heart and soul of her work. She was responsible for awakening the women of India. She brought them out of the kitchen. She traveled from state to state, city after city and asked for the rights of the women. She re-established self-esteem within the women of India.

She died on March 2, 1949.

She was the first woman governor in India. After independence in 1947, she became the Governor of Uttar Pradesh.

Works of Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu is a world famous poet. Some of her popular works are there-

A Love Song from the North

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

With stars of the dusk and the dawn?

I see the soft wings of the clouds on the river,

And jewelled with raindrops the mango-leaves quiver,

And tender boughs flower on the plain.....

But what is their beauty to me, papeeha,

Beauty of blossom and shower, papeeha,

That brings not my lover again?

Tell me no more of thy love, papeeha,

Wouldst thou revive in my heart, papeeha

Grief for the joy that is gone?

I hear the bright peacock in glimmering woodlands

Cry to its mate in the dawn;

I hear the black koel's slow, tremulous wooing,

And sweet in the gardens the calling and cooing

Of passionate bulbul and dove....

But what is their music to me, papeeha

Songs of their laughter and love, papeeha,

To me, forsaken of love?

A Rajput Love Song

O Love! were you a basil-wreath to twine

among my tresses,

A jewelled clasp of shining gold to bind around my sleeve,

O Love! were you the keora's soul that haunts

my silken raiment,

A bright, vermilion tassel in the girdles that I weave;

O Love! were you the scented fan

that lies upon my pillow,

A sandal lute, or silver lamp that burns before my shrine,

Why should I fear the jealous dawn

that spreads with cruel laughter,

Sad veils of separation between your face and mine?

Haste, O wild-bee hours, to the gardens of the sun set!

Fly, wild-parrot day, to the orchards of the west!

Come, O tender night, with your sweet,

consoling darkness,

And bring me my Beloved to the shelter of my breast!

(Amar Singh in the saddle)

O Love! were you the hooded hawk upon my hand

that flutters,

Its collar-band of gleaming bells atinkle as I ride,

O Love! were you a turban-spray or

floating heron-feather,

The radiant, swift, unconquered sword

that swingeth at my side;

O Love! were you a shield against the

arrows of my foemen,

An amulet of jade against the perils of the way,

How should the drum-beats of the dawn

divide me from your bosom,

Or the union of the midnight be ended with the day?

Haste, O wild-deer hours, to the meadows of the sunset!

Fly, wild stallion day, to the pastures of the west!

Come, O tranquil night, with your soft,

consenting darkness,

And bear me to the fragrance of my Beloved's breast!

An Indian Love Song


Lift up the veils that darken the delicate moon

of thy glory and grace,

Withhold not, O love, from the night

of my longing the joy of thy luminous face,

Give me a spear of the scented keora

guarding thy pinioned curls,

Or a silken thread from the fringes

that trouble the dream of thy glimmering pearls;

Faint grows my soul with thy tresses' perfume

and the song of thy anklets' caprice,

Revive me, I pray, with the magical nectar

that dwells in the flower of thy kiss.


How shall I yield to the voice of thy pleading,

how shall I grant thy prayer,

Or give thee a rose-red silken tassel,

a scented leaf from my hair?

Or fling in the flame of thy heart's desire the veils that cover my face,

Profane the law of my father's creed for a foe

of my father's race?

Thy kinsmen have broken our sacred altars and slaughtered our sacred kine,

The feud of old faiths and the blood of old battles sever thy people and mine.


What are the sins of my race, Beloved,

what are my people to thee?

And what are thy shrines, and kine and kindred,

what are thy gods to me?

Love recks not of feuds and bitter follies,

of stranger, comrade or kin,

Alike in his ear sound the temple bells

and the cry of the muezzin.

For Love shall cancel the ancient wrong

and conquer the ancient rage,

Redeem with his tears the memoried sorrow

that sullied a bygone age.

To read more her poems, purchase books from amazon. They are really great books written by her.

Works By Naidu

Famous Quotes by her

- "We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage in speech and earnestness in action."

-" "When there is oppression, the only self-respecting thing is to rise and say this shall cease today, because my right is justice. If you are stronger, you have to help the weaker boy or girl both in play and in the work."

- "Shall hope prevail where clamorous hate is rife,

Shall sweet love prosper or high dreams have place

Amid the tumult of reverberant strife

'Twixt ancient creeds, 'twixt race and ancient race,

That mars the grave, glad purposes of life,

Leaving no refuge save thy succoring face?"

- "Give me to drink each joy and pain

Which Thine eternal hand can mete,

For my insatiate soul can drain

Earth's utmost bitter, utmost sweet."

Hyderabad- the Birth Place of Sorijini Naidu

Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh. It is known as City of Pearls. Hyderabad is home to many historical sites, including the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage site of Chowmahalla Palace. It has been noted for its unique culture art & architecture.

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      anupma lm 

      7 years ago

      @julescorriere: Thanks for visiting and your kind comment.

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      Jules Corriere 

      7 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Terrific lens. She is certainly worthy of a day to Celebrate her amazing contribution to the world.

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      8 years ago

      S. Naidu is the most renowned personality of India. Thanks for sharing about her.


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