Google Doodle recently put up a doodle of Inji Aflatoun. Every day, Google Doodle makes sketches of lesser known but significant personalities in order to make its users aware of its history. It has also celebrated Bollywood icons like Madhubala. Today it celebrated Inji Aflatoun today since it is her birthday. So who is Inji Aflatoun and why are her contributions important?
Inji Aflatoun was born today, April 16 in 1924. Today would have been her 95th birthday, but she died on April 17th in 1989. She was an Egyptian painter. A strong female rights' activist she was also a spokesperson for the progressivist movements from the 1940s to the 1950s. She was introduced to the class struggle of peasant Egyptian women by her tutor, Kamel El Temissany. Though she mostly remained a visual artist and was known as the 'pioneer' of modern Egyptian art, she still took part in political and social activism with the communist party of Egypt.
In the 1950s she was arrested by Gamal Abdel Nasser, the second president of Egypt, who cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood. She continued painting and focused on her art instead of her activism later in her life.
She focused on surrealist and cubist paintings and her surname, ‘Aflatoun’ refers to the Arabic pronunciation of the philosopher Plato.
Earlier the Google Doodle celebrated the Pohela Boishakh 2019, the Bengali New Year. Pohela means 'first' in Bangla and 'Boishakh' means the first month in the Bangla calendar. Today also marks the 160th Anniversary of the First Passenger Train in India.