Ever since the first Google Doodle honoring the ‘Burning Man’ festival appeared in 1998, these specially-designed temporary logos have become one of the most distinctive features of Google’s homepage. With its latest doodle, Google has honored distinguished tabla player Lachhu Maharaj on his 74th birth anniversary.
Born in 1944 as Lakshmi Narayan Singh, Lachhu Maharaj belonged to the Benaras gharana. He went on to perform tabla performances all over the world and was featured in many films as well. According to his Wikipedia page summary, Lachhu Maharaj was nominated for Padma Shri, but declined to accept it, as he felt his audience’s appreciation was enough of an honor.
Coming to the doodle, it shows an outlined figure of a man joyfully playing a pair of tablas, with the vigorous movements of his hands and head symbolized with curved strokes. The whole figure (including the tablas) is done in the four primary colors (red, blue, green, and yellow) of Google’s logo.
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Last week, Google had celebrated the commencement of the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games with a special doodle. The sports, cultural, and educational event, which started on October 6 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, will continue till October 18. It’ll see approximately 4,000 athletes from over 200 nations, competing against each other in over 32 different sports.