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May 11, 2011 at 08:04am IST

Google doodle dances for Martha Graham's 117th birthday

New Delhi: The Google doodle breaks into a choreographed dance to celebrate the 117th birthday of American dancer, teacher, and modern dance choreographer Martha Graham.

In a career that spanned over half a century Graham created more than 180 works and she herself performed in most.

Graham born on May 11, 1894 was one of the three daughters of a doctor. She began her professional career in 1916 and her choreography was influenced by oriental art. For most of her career Graham was the leading figure in American modern dance. She died on April 1, 1991.

Google doodle dances for Martha Graham's 117th birthday

American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham was born on May 11, 1894.

The animated doodle marking Graham's birthday was preceded by a series of doodles that Google put together to celebrate the 76th birth anniversary of English author and illustrator Charles Roger Hargreaves.

Google has now become more frequent with animated and interactive doodles. Of the last 10 Google doodles, five included animations or were interactive.

The Google doodle had first gone interactive in May 2010 to celebrate the 30th birthday of the popular Pac-Man game.

For a dozen years, Google has been occasionally swapping its everyday logo for a doodle. The Google doodles, an artistic take on the Google logo, have gained immense popularity over the past few years and the Google doodle team has put out commemorative doodles on numerous events of international or national importance, ranging from news events, civic milestones, birthdays, death anniversaries and important dates in history. Google estimates it has created more than 900 doodles since 1998, with 270 of them running in 2010. Some appear globally, and others are tailored for local markets.

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