Google Doodle: Who was Balamani Amma, Grandmother of Malayalam Literature? | Latest India News
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 113th birthday of famous Indian poet Balamani Amma, known as the grandmother of Malayalam literature. Born in Kerala’s Thrissur district, Balamani Amma has received numerous awards for her literary work, including Saraswati Samman and Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honor. Balamani Amma was also the mother of Kamala Das, nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1984.
She never received a formal education and was homeschooled by her uncle Nalappat Narayana Menon, who was also a popular Malayali poet. Amma grew up studying her impressive collection of books and works. At the age of 19, she married VM Nair, managing director and editor of the Malayalam newspaper Mathrubhumi.
His first poem, titled Kooppukai, was published in 1930.
She was recognized as a gifted poet by the former ruler of the kingdom of Cochin, Parikshith Thampuran, who awarded her the Sahithya Nipuna Puraskaram.
Amma’s early poems glorified motherhood in a new light by adopting the ideas and stories of mythological characters and depicting women as powerful figures. She is known as the “poetess of motherhood”. His most famous works include Amma (1934), Muthassi (1962) and Mazhuvinte Katha (1966).
Balamani Amma has over 20 anthologies of poetry, prose and translations published in her name.
Her poems describing her love for children and grandchildren have earned her the titles of Amma (mother) and Muthassi (grandmother) of Malayalam poetry, according to Google Doodle.
She died in 2004 and was cremated with full state honors.
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