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Google honours swimmer Arati Saha, 1st Indian sportswoman to be awarded the Padma Shri, know 7 facts

By: Team Ifairer | Posted: 24-09-2020
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Google, on Thursday, celebrated swimmer Arati Saha's 80th birthday with a special doodle. On her 80th birth anniversary, Google dedicated a doodle to Arati, which illustrated her English Channel's breathtaking 67 km route from Cape Gris Nez in France to Sandgate, England.

The doodle was done by Kolkata native and guest artist Lavanya Naidu. "Having been born and raised in the city of Kolkata, for me, Arati Saha was a known household name growing up. My brother and I used to be avid stamp collectors as kids and I remember our excitement when her stamp was issued in the 90s!," she wrote on the Google Doodle page.

On 29 September 1959, Saha became the first Asian woman to cross the English Channel, swimming breathtaking 42 miles from Cape Gris Nez, France to Sandgate, England - a feat considered the swimming equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. She became the first woman to be awarded the Padma Shri.
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