Google Doodle Celebrates Rukmini Devi Arundale Birthday


Born: February 29, 1904
Passed Away: February 24, 1986

Indian classical dancer and follower of theosophy, best known for catalyzing the renaissance of the Bharata Natyam dance class and founding the Kalakshetra Foundation in Madras (now Chennai). The foundation aimed to preserve and popularize Bharata Natyam and other Indian traditions as well as to spread the ideals of theosophy.

She met Dr. George Arundale, a British theosophist and a close associate of Annie Besant and formed a relationship with him. They got married in 1920 when she was just 16 years old.


In 1956, Rukmini Devi was awarded the Padma Bhushan and in 1967, received the “Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship”. She also featured in India Today’s list of ‘100 People Who Shaped India’.