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Google Doodle pays tribute to legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan on his 93rd birth anniversary

Noopur Rajesh Choksi, a Bengaluru-based artist, coordinated the Google Doodle. The Doodle was posted on Twitter by Sivaji's grandson, actor Vikram Prabhu. 

Google Doodle pays tribute to legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan on his 93rd birth anniversary gcw
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New Delhi, First Published Oct 1, 2021, 1:46 PM IST
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Google is honouring actor Sivaji Ganesan's 93rd birthday by presenting a graphic doodle in his honour. Ganesan is recognised as one of India's most influential performers, and he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in film. Noopur Rajesh Choksi, a Bengaluru-based artist, coordinated the Google Doodle. The Doodle was posted on Twitter by Sivaji's grandson, actor Vikram Prabhu. In his message, he said, "Thank you to Google India and their guest artist Noopur Rajesh Choksi for the doodle art." Another reason to be proud! Every year, I love and miss him more."

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When asked about the idea for the Doodle, Choksi told the media that she liked seeing Ganesan play a variety of roles on screen and was impressed by his flexibility. She also expressed how much she admired Ganesan's on-screen appearance and wanted to include classic Indian film typography into her design. Choksi went on to say that she wanted to use her Doodle to represent and appreciate the eternal nature of Ganesan's art. Ganesan, born Ganesamoorthy on October 1, 1928, in Villupuram, Tamil Nadu, left his family at the age of seven to pursue a career in theatre. As a theatrical performer, he took on a variety of roles and eventually began to portray main parts.

According to accounts, Ganesan earned the moniker 'Sivaji' after playing the heroic Indian King Shivaji in one of his theatre performances. Ganesan made his cinema debut in 1952 with Parasakthi and star in almost 300 films throughout a five-decade career. He worked in approximately 288 different languages, including Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi. He was trained in Bharatanatyam, Kathak, and a variety of other dance disciplines. Ganesan was the first Indian actor to win Best Actor at an international film festival in Egypt for his portrayal in Veerapandiya Kattabomman, among other distinctions.

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