Balamani Amma who lived between 19 July 1909 – 29 September 2004 was an Indian poet. She wrote primarily in the Malayalam language. Today Google doodle paid tribute to the acclaimed poet Balamani Amma on her 113th birth anniversary.
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- Her name is Nalpat Balamani Amma.
- She was born on 19 July 1909 in Nalappat, Malabar District, British India.
- She was an Indian poet who wrote in the Malayalam language primarily.
- In 1987, she received India's third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan.
- Amma passed away on September 29, 2004 after five years of Alzheimer's disease.
2. Personal Life
- At the age of 19, Balamani Amma got married to V.M. Nair.
- After marriage she moved to Kolkata to live with her husband.
- Amma’s husband V.M. Nair died in 1977.
- Amma was the mother of writer Kamala Suraiya also known as Kamala Das.
- She had no formal education.
- Her maternal uncle and his collection of books helped her become a poet. She was influenced by Nalpat Narayan Menon and poet Vallathol Narayan Menon.
4. Work History
- Balamani Amma published more than 20 collections of poetry, several prose compositions and translations in her lifetime.
- Amma’s first poem was published in 1930.
- Amma first gained recognition when she received the Sahitya Nippun Award from Parikshit Thampuran, the former ruler of Cochin State.
- Show published a collection of poems named Naivedyam between 1959 and 1986. Lokantharangalil is an elegy on the death of poet Nalpat Narayan Menon.
5. Notable Work
- Amma (Mother), Muthasi (Grandmother), and Mazuvinte Katha (The Ax Story) were some of his famous works.
- Contribution to poetry earned her Amma and Muthassi titles. Amma means mother and Muthasi means grandmother.
6. Awards & Recognition
- She was the recipient of many awards and honors including Padma Bhushan, Saraswati Samman, Sahitya Akademi Award and Ezhuthachan Award.
- Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Muthassi (1963)
- Central Sahitya Akademi Award for Muthassi (1965)
- Asana Award (1989)
- Vallathol Award (1993)
- Lalithambika Antharjanam Award (1993)
- Ezhuthachan Award (1995)
- NV Krishna Warrior Award (1997).