Google Doodle Pays Tribute To India`s First Woman Wrestler Hamida Banu, Who Defeated Famed Wrestler Baba Pahalwan In Just 94 Seconds


Google honored India’s first professional female wrestler, Hamida Banu, with a captivating Doodle. The artwork, created by artist Divya Negi from Bengaluru, depicts Hamida Banu in a striking pink, polka-dotted outfit, poised in a fighting stance amidst a backdrop of flora and fauna.

This tribute on Google’s homepage celebrates the life of Hamida Banu, who bravely entered the male-dominated sport of wrestling in the 1940s and 50s, making a significant mark in Indian wrestling history.

In 1954, Hamida Banu achieved international recognition by defeating the renowned wrestler Baba Pahalwan in a match that lasted only 1 minute and 34 seconds, leading to his retirement from professional wrestling. Born in the early 90s in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, she was raised in a family with a strong wrestling background. Throughout her illustrious career spanning the 1940s and 1950s, she emerged victorious in over 300 competitions.

Despite societal norms discouraging women’s involvement in sports during the early 90s, Hamida Banu shattered barriers of patriarchy and became a symbol of women’s empowerment through her remarkable success in wrestling.

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