World famous Indian women personalities

In this article you will find a brief biography of some of the world famous Indian women who proved to the world that Indian women too are much progressed. These women have showcased their talents at the world level and have excelled in their chosen field.

At every period India has been producing women who brought her fame at the world level. Indian women proved their caliber in various walks of life at the world level and became inspirational to the women folk of India.

World famous political personalities

  1. Sarojini Naidu - the Nightingale of India:
    Sarojini Naidu is a renowned Indian poet who is popularly known as the Nightingale of India. She was born in 1879 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh to a Bengali family and got married to a Telugu person named Dr. Muthyala Govindarajulu. Besides her wonderful poetry works in English, she also became an active women freedom fighter in the struggle for Indian Independence by the directions of Mahatma Gandhi. She is the first Indian woman to become the President of the Indian National Congress. After independence, Sarojini Naidu became the governor of Uttar Pradesh and thus became the first woman governor of India. She is a great patriot, an efficient politician, a good orator and a wonderful administrator. She is one of the top world famous personalities of the 20th century.

    She took active part in awakening the Indian women and bringing them out of the four walls of the kitchen. She played an important role in re-establishing self-esteem in Indian women. She took the message of non-violence to the United States through Gandhi's Non-Violence Movement. She was arrested during the 'Quit India Movement' and stayed in jail for about 21 months. She proved herself to be a Jewel of India.
  2. Indira Gandhi - the Woman of the Millennium:
    Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi - the only daughter of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru - was born in 1917. She entered politics at a very young age and become the first women Prime Minister of India. She is the second longest serving Prime Minister of India who served the country for a long period. She was the strongest Prime Minister of India with great administrative power and political foresight.
  3. Sonia Gandhi:
    Sonia Gandhi is an Italian-born Indian and the daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi - the ex-Prime Minister of India and wife of ex Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi. She is the highly influential person of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and was the Chairperson of the UPA government in India. She became the longest serving President of the Congress Party.

Indian sports personalities at international level

  1. Sprint Queen P.T.Usha:
    Payyoli Tevaraparampil Usha popularly known as P.T.Usha was one of the best women athletes of India. She remained as the queen of track events for nearly two decades. She has a number of national and international awards to her credit. She has 33 international awards to her credit which include 13 gold medals in the Asian Games. She is the recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award in the year 1984 which is given by the Govt of India. She is also the recipient of Padma Sree award and was named as the 'Sportsperson of the Century' by the Indian Olympic Association.
  2. Ashwini Nachappa:
    She is yet another famous sportsperson who brought international fame to India. She represented the country in the South Asian Federation Games held in 1984, 1986 and 1988 in which she received 2 silver in Nepal, 2 silver medals in Bangladesh and 3 gold medals in Pakistan respectively. She also participated in the Asian Games held at South Korea (1986) and Beijing (1990)and has silver medals to her credit. She also represented India in World Athletics Championships in Rome (1987) and Tokyo (1991).

    She is the recipient of Arjuna Award which is the most prestigious award given to the best sportsperson.
  3. Sania Mirza- the glamour girl of Indian sports:
    She is a professional tennis player from India who brought much name and fame to the country through her powerful forehand ground strokes. Presently she is ranked as No.1 tennis player in singles as well as doubles. Her greatest achievement in her tennis career was winning the mixed doubles crown in the 2009 Australian Open tennis tournament. She made India proud by her wonderful achievement in the field of her choice.
  4. Saina Nehawal:
    She is the country's greatest women badminton player who created a history by being ranked No.2 in the world level in 2010. Currently, she is ranked world's No.1 badminton player by Badminton World Federation. She made the country proud by becoming the first Indian to win a medal in the Badminton at Olympics when she received the bronze medal at London Olympics in 2012. She is having a good number of awards to her credit and she was awarded with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2009. She is also the recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for badminton for the year 2009-10.

World famous personalities in performing arts

  1. M.S.Subbulaxmi:
    M.S.Subbulaxmi is a world renowned vocalist and she is responsible for spreading the Indian Carnatic music to the Western world and got much applause from the the world around. She is a versatile singer and is the first musician to receive Bharat Ratna - the highest Civilian award of India. She has a divine tone in her voice most of her musical works include devotional recitals only.
  2. Dr.Sonal Mansingh:
    She is one of the most famous dancers from India who is proficient not only in the Odissi dance - the traditional classical dance of Odisha but also she is well versed in Bharatanatyam (Classical dance form of Tamilnadu), Kuchipudi (Classical dance of Andhra Pradesh), Manipuri (Classical dance of Manipur) and Chau (tribal / folk dance of West Bengal) dances. She has the credit of giving dance performances in nearly 87 countries and thus spread the classical dance forms of India to the foreign countries. She is the recipient of prestigious Padma Vibhushan award besides many other awards to her credit.
  3. Miss World of 1994 - Aishwarya Rai:
    She showed the West that Indian women are no less in their modernity and she proved herself by being crowned the Miss World in 1994 and thus became a world popular woman personality from India. She is one of the few Indians whose wax statue stands in the Madame Tassaud's Wax Museum in London. She dominated the Bollywood industry in the recent past and she has the credit of acting in few Hollywood films as well.

World famous Indian women in other fields

  1. Mother Teresa: Though Mother Teresa is an Albanian by birth, she became an Indian citizen and is the founder of Missionaries of Charity. She dedicated her life in charity and free service to the destitute. She received a number of awards which include Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, Ramon Magsaysay Award, Order of Merit from United Kingdom and United States of America besides being conferred with Bharat Ratna - the highest civilian award of India. Mother Teresa got international fame as a humanitarian and for her advocacy for the poor and helpless.

Indian women in every age / period has proved their caliber and showed the world that Indian women are not just confined to the kitchens but given a chance they too can show outstanding performances in their respective fields. These women have contributed much at the international level and made their Motherland proud of her daughters.

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Guest Author: Summy Morgan09 Sep 2014

Thanks for articles. This is important to know about our Indian great personalities. Some more personalities are also on the front face list. You can also include them.

Proud to be an INDIAN.

Guest Author: VIJAYAN. S.09 Dec 2014

I searched the world famous political personalities in India. of which the 3rd persons relation with Smt. Indira Gandhi is wrongly noted as "she is the daughter of Indira Gandhi-xxxx" This may be corrected as "she is the daughter in-law of Indira Gandhi".

Author: elizabeth vinod01 Mar 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Very informative article about world famous Indian personalities. By observing these people's life and struggles in their initial stage, we can realize that we can also become famous personalities with hard work and luck. I think every person is a famous personality. For their family they are heroes and heroines. Children consider their mother and father as a heroine or hero. Even if they are poor or not good looking parents are their role model. So every person has their own importance in this world. But by learning the lives of famous personalities we can improve our life.

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