Homai Vyarawalla, popularly known as ‘Dalda 13’ was India’s first woman photojournalist. During her interesting career, she tackled several challenges and successfully captured the tortuous Indian independence era from 1940-1947.
She was born in 1913 and a major part of her childhood was spent travelling until finally settling in Mumbai with her family.
She followed several old salts in the pre and post independence India like Gandhi and Nehru and with her unmatched skills managed to stand out in a field particularly dominated by men. Draped in a traditional saree, people on the streets would see a determined young woman peddling away on a bicycle to capture some revolutionary movement in history.
After clicking some amazingly candid pictures of some very prominent people like Pandit Nehru and after gaining much laurels in the printing press, she decided to call it quits in the year 1970. Her reason being that photographers in that era were getting an ill name and she was averse to working in a society that couldn’t treat professionals respectively.
She spent the later years of her life in a quiet house in Vadodara where she indulged in solitude and practiced hobbies like knitting and gardening. She passed away in 2012.