Google Doodle celebrates India's diverse culture and musical legacy on 74th Independence Day

Google Doodle celebrates India's diverse culture and musical legacy on 74th Independence Day

As India celebrates its 74th Independence Day today, Google commemorated the occasion with a doodle that celebrates the musical tradition and culture of the country.

Today’s doodle is illustrated by Mumbai-based guest artist Sachin Ghanekar. The artwork features several iconic Indian folk instruments, including the tutari, shehnai, dhol, veena, sarangi and bansuri. These instruments together made the letters for the word Google in the artwork.

From the versatile double-reeded shehnai to the resonant stringed sarangi, the instruments featured in the doodle beautifully commemorate India's rich musical legacy, which dates back over 6,000 years. Google Doodle's official page, explaining the doodle, said, "The musical diversity represented by this unique collection reflects the patchwork of Indian cultures that is celebrated across the nation today."

According to the creator of the doodle, Sachin Ghanekar, the inspiration to make the art came from "various Indian art forms like Kalamkari, Madhubani, Warli, Gond, Phad, and Pichwai."

India is celebrating its 74th Independence Day today amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from Red Fort today. In his Independence Day address, the PM paid tribute to the freedom fighters and security forces of the nation. He also thanked the Covid-19 warriors.

The PM also unfurled the tricolour before he began his address to the nation. This is PM Narendra Modi's 7th consecutive Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort.