Kamla Chaudhri was born on 22 February 1908 in Lucknow. She completed the Ratna and Prabhakar examinations in Hindi literature despite objections from her family. Chaudhri produced a range of literary work mostly focussed on the lived experience of Indian women.
She was an active member of the Indian National Congress and an Elected Member of the Provincial Congress Committee and the Provincial Mahila Congress Committee.
Kamla Chaudhri actively worked towards educating girls in villages and backward areas. She encouraged the Khadi and Village industries which she felt had the potential provide employment of young women.
Role in India’s Independence Movement
Chaudhri participated in the Civil Disobedience Movement (1930) and was arrested on several occasions.
Contribution to Constitution Making
She was elected to the Constituent Assembly from the United Provinces (now Uttar Pradesh) in 1946.
She was a Member of the Provisional Parliament (1947 to 1952) and acted as the Senior Vice-Chair of the 54th Indian National Congress Session. She entered the Lok Sabha in 1962 after winning from Hapur District in Uttar Pradesh.
Some of her famous literary works include Ankhe Khuli’, ‘Suriya’, ‘Swapna’, ‘Sadhana Ka Unmaad’, ‘Unmaad’ (1934), ‘Picnic’ (1936), and ‘Yatra’ (1947).