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Codenamed Dalda 13 in the photo archives, she also went by that pseudonym.

Homai Vyarawalla was born on 9 December 1913 and died on 15 January 2012, to a Parsi family in Navsari, Gujarat.She was commonly known by her pseudonym "Dalda 13".

Photography was her passion and she learned the skill from a friend in her teens and started exploring life in Bombay through her camera and took wonderful photographs. Besides completing her education from Bombay University and Sir JJ School of Art, she started taking snaps of daily life of mumbaikers and in this way become a professional photographer. She was first introduced to photography by her husband Manekcshaw Vyarawala, a photographer at the Times of India. As a photojournalist, she has immortalised such iconic moments as the first flag hoisted at the Red Fort on, 1947, the departure of the last Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, and the funerals of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Her work soon started gaining national attention, and in 1942 she had moved to Delhi with her family to work at the British Information Services. In 1982, she moved to Vadodara with her son Farooq who she lost to cancer in 1989.

A year after her husband's death in 1973, Homai Vyarawalla quit photography and lived alone in Vadodara, Gujarat. In 2011, she was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award of the Republic of India. Such was her contribution, Google paid tribute to her on Saturday with a Doodle. She believes that the key elements of a good photograph are timing, composition and angle.


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