Google Doodle Arati Saha: Know who was ‘The Mermaid of India’ Arati Saha, who was remembered by Google
Google Doodle Arati Saha: Google continues to celebrate special occasions with its Doodle. Today (Thursday) Google Doodle celebrates the 80th birth anniversary of renowned Indian swimmer Aarti Saha (Arati Saha). Today’s doodle dedicated to ‘The Mermaid of India’ Saha shows her crossing the English Channel.
Aarti Saha was the first Asian female swimmer to cross the English Channel. In swimming, this deed is considered to be the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. He had set this distance of 67.5 kilometres in 16 hours 20 minutes.
Who is Aarti Saha?
Aarti Saha took birth in Kolkata on September 24, 1940. He won his first gold medal for swimming at the age of 5. Saha learned to swim along the Hooghly River. She trained under the supervision of Sachin Nag later, who was one of India’s best competitive swimmers.
Saha represented the new independent India being the youngest member of the first team at the Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland in 1952. He was only 11 years old.
Saha made his first attempt to cross the English Channel at the age of 18. They did not succeed in this effort. However, he did not give up. Just a month later, on September 29, 1959, Aarti Saha made a decision to cross the English Channel after being hit by waves and water flowing for 16 hours 20 minutes.
Aarti Saha was awarded the Padma Shri in 1960 being the first woman to receive the Padma Shri award. India Post also released a postage stamp in 1998 to motivate women from their lives. Aarti passed away on September 24, 1994 at the age of 53. Today, Google has dedicated its doodles to the birth anniversary of this great personality.
The English Channel what is it?
The English Channel is the longest and most cold stream of water that separates southern England and northern France. The English Channel connects the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. It is called ‘Mount Everest of swimming’ due to low temperatures and swimming difficulties