I was commissioned by Google to create a Google Doodle for Google India celebrating and reminiscing the iconic Indian actor and cinema royalty - Sivaji Ganesan and his extensive contribution to the Tamil & Indian film industry on his 93rd birthday. 
Sivaji Ganesan was one of India’s first method actors and widely considered among the nation’s most influential actors of all time.  He made his on-screen debut in the 1952 film “Parasakthi,” the first of his over 300 films spanning a nearly five-decade cinematic career. Renowned for his expressive voice and diverse performances in Tamil-language cinema, Ganesan quickly ascended to international fame.  In 1960, Ganesan made history as the first Indian performer to win Best Actor at an international film festival for his historical movie “Veerapandiya Kattabomman,” one of his biggest blockbusters. In 1995, France awarded him its highest decoration, Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour. The Indian government in 1997 honoured him with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award which is India's highest award in the field of cinema. 
Art Director: Thoka Maer

The doodle is designed to work effectively against various light and dark backgrounds on mobile phone screens.

Early drafts & sketches

Final chosen sketch


Close-up & Details

You can read more about the Doodle here on the Google Doodle Archives.
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