Google ‘s Theme Holiday logos i.e. doodles have always been fun, very creative , colorful and eye catching. Doodles are very well designed and crafted changes made to the the Google logo without disturbing its original ethos to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists worldwide . Doodle was conceived in 1999 when Google founders Larry and Sergey played around a bit with Google’s logo to send a message to its users that they are out of office and same was overwhelmingly received by its users . In 2000, they had asked Dennis Hwang (who is a chief doodler now then the intern) to design a doodle for Bastille day . Since then , Doodle is a regular feature on Google search engine to celebrate wide range of Events , Holidays, important dates all part of the world .The designer team at Google has designed 300 doodles for Google.com in the United States and 700 internationally . Pls check Entire range of doodles till date . Here are some of my favorites doodle of Indian Important events , Festivals , anniversaries and days:
“ March – 2010 , Holi Festival of India “
“Independence Day of India “
40th Anniversary of Sesame Street - Boombah and Chamki – Gali Gali Sim Sim (this one on the demand of my daughter !!!)
The creative minds behind these doodles are open to new ideas from its users . One can design his/her own doodle and can submit to Google at email@example.com . Furthermore, Google holds competition “Doodle 4 Google” each year in various countries where school children can participate and show their creativity . The first ever Doodle 4 Google in India was launched in August 2009 , where school children were given an opportunity to design Google logo with the theme “ My India “ . The children from 1st standard to 10th standard have participated and after the public online voting, the final winner was decided by Google’s chief doodler , Dennis Hwang ( must click this link and see his other doodles – they are amazing) .The final Indian doodle winner appeared on Google India on Children’s day in 2009 . Winner of “ Doodle 4 Google – My India was Puru Pratap Singh (4th standard, Gurgaon) whose Doodle represented India as
“My India - full of life - India is a country which has a blend of thousands of traditions and all religions like Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism and Islam. It has developed a lot in the past few years. The discovery of water on the moon by the Indian scientists is a proof to this fact. The Indian culture is as vibrant as the colours of the peacock. Kashmir, the crown of India, is as serene as the peace bird and as pure as the lotus. We, the Indian citizens are also trying to fulfill Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of educating each and every Indian child.”
My pick on other finalists among all categories are :-
“ India- Towards Peace “ ( by Haadiyah Afridi)
“Mahatma Gandhi “ (by Khushi Karve)
Ghungroo se Google ( by Anusha S. Patel)
I loved the way Anusha has described the concept . In her own words:
India means dance and music to me. I use dance to express my feelings. I exercise and refresh myself after school. My doodle represents Kathak, which I am learning for the past two years. Kathak was first performed in the temples and then in the Mogul courts. G: the graceful ‘Hasthaks’. O: ‘Natraj’ the God of dance. O: Flared ‘Ghagra’ in the ‘chakkar’ move. G: Tabla and flute which accompany Kathak. L: Posture in Kathak. My teacher says, ‘stomach in, back straight, heels together and toes apart’. E: ‘Ghungroos’ which add rhythm to the dance.
“ My traditional, rich India” ( by Lakshmi Shree A.J.S)
My doodle depicts few of the endless contributions made by India to the world. India has never invaded any country in the past 10,00 years of history and taught the world non-violence and peace by Gandhiji. Aryabhatta invented zero. Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine. 2600 years ago Sushrutha, father of surgery conducted complicated operations. Pythagorean Theorem was first explained by Budhayana. Chess, snakes and ladders, art of navigation, etc originated in India. I wish that someday with my contributions, I’ll be able to occupy a space in somebody’s doodle as a person who contributed for this lovely country.
“Bullock cart to Chandrayan I” (by Shounak Dey)
“Land of colourful festivals” by Tanushri Tripathi
There are so many!!!!!!! In fact , it was really hard for me to pick up few , honestly all the doodles created by children are so beautiful and have soul because they tell a story . The kids were so creative and imaginative. I think they're the hidden gems of India and it is great that Google has given them a platform to show their creativity and talent to other parts of the world . You would love to see all at http://www.google.co.in/intl/en/doodle4google/
Great Going Google !!!!!!!!!!!
p.s. - I thoroughly enjoyed writing this post , I think children's pure energy was reflected in their drawings!!