Country’s first woman photo-journalist Homai Vyarawala dead

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India’s first woman photo-journalist Homai Vyarawala died at a private hospital in Vadodara on Sunday morning at the age of 98.

She fell from her cot three days ago and was hospitalized at a private hospital, officials said.

Her husband Maneckshaw Vyarawala predeceased her in 1970.

Born on December 9, 1913 to a Parsi family, Vyarawala grew up in Mumbai and moved toDelhiin 1942 where she photographed events leading toIndependence, as an employee of the British Information Services.

She took photographs of key events that would have a decisive impact on Indian history, including a meeting where leaders voted for the June 3 plan forIndia’s partition.

She also photographed the first flag hoisting ceremony at Red Fort on August 15, 1947, the departure of Lord Mountbatten fromIndiaand the funerals of Mahatma Gandhi , Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri .

She was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in January last year.

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