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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Google Doodle on the 97th Birthday of M. S. Subbulakshmi

Google came out with this doodle on the 97th Birth Anniversary of Carnatic Music Legend M. S. Subbulakshmi:

Surely, they could have done better.

First thing that turned me off was the Sari in the MSS depiction in letter 'g'. The caricature is nice, but that gray dull Sari is not what you associate MSS with. She was graceful and humble and was personification of great Bhakti in her simple, yet colourful Silk Saris.

And the Tabla, as my friend pointed out, was probably a very rare accompaniment in MSS concerts. Tabla is more of a Hindustani percussion accompaniment, but we can consider it as indicative of the Meera Bhajan recitals of MSS. But Tabla is a pair of drums, not one. The two of them would have perfectly fitted the "oo" part of the word Google. Ghatam could have become the final 'e'. By the way, what are those meaningless concentric circles representing 'G' and 'e'?

How can one forget "Bharat Ratna", which would have fitted into the letter 'G' perfectly?

Here is my 'wireframe' attempt towards this:

And, Happy Birthday MSS :)

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