Balamani Amma: 5 Facts About The Legendary Malayalam Poet And Author

Google on Tuesday honoured acclaimed Indian poet Balamani Amma on her 113th birth anniversary with a special doodle dedicated to her.

Balamani Amma: 5 Facts About The Legendary Malayalam Poet And Author

Balamani Amma was honoured by Google with a special doodle on Tuesday.

Google on Tuesday honoured acclaimed Indian poet Balamani Amma on her 113th birth anniversary with a special doodle dedicated to her. The doodle has been designed by Kerala-based artist Devika Ramachandran.

  1. Nalapat Balamani Amma was born on July 19, 1909, in then Madras Presidency. She was the recipient of many awards and honours, including the Padma Bhushan, Sahitya Akademi Award and Saraswati Samman.

  2. She continues to be known as the 'amma' (mother) and 'muthassi' (grandmother) of Malayalam poetry.

  3. Balamani Amma's first poem 'Koppukai' was published in the year 1930, when she was just 21. She published over 20 anthologies of poems, as well as other works such as translations.

  4. She inspired generations of Malayalam poets. Her most famous works include Amma (1934), Muthassi (1962) and Mazhuvinte Katha (1966).

  5. Her daughter Kamala Das is a well-known novelist. Das' autobiography, "My Story" was released in 1976. Balamani Amma got married to VM Nair, the managing editor of the widely circulated Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi, at the age of 19.



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