Name(s), NALAPAT BALAMANI AMMA. Date of Birth, July 19, Date of Death, September 29, Identity, Indian poet who wrote in Malayalam. Western influence on Malayalam language and literature. [4] Biography Balamani Amma was born on 19 July to Chittanjoor Kunhunni. Profile and biography of Balamani Amma. The gifted writer of Malayalam and English literature, Kamala Surayya, also known as Kamala Das.

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Menu Skip to biogrpahy. Her popularity in Kerala is based chiefly on her short stories and autobiography, while her oeuvre in English, written under the name Kamala Das, is noted for the fiery poems and explicit autobiography.

Her open and honest treatment of female sexuality, free from any sense of guilt, infused her writing with power, but also marked her as an iconoclast in her generation.

On 31 Mayaged 75, she died at a hospital in Pune, but has earned considerable respect in recent years. Nair, a former managing editor of the widely-circulated Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi, and Nalappatt Balamani Amma, a renowned Malayali poetess. She spent her childhood between Calcutta, where her father was employed as a senior officer in the Walford Transport Company that sold Bentley and Rolls Royce automobiles, and the Nalappatt ancestral home in Punnayurkulam.

Like her mother, Kamala Das also excelled in writing. Her love of poetry began at an early age through the influence of her great uncle, Nalappatt Narayana Menon, a prominent writer. At the age of 15, she got married to bank officer Madhava Das, who encouraged her writing interests, and she started writing and publishing both in English and in Malayalam.

Calcutta in the s was a tumultous time for the arts, and Kamala Das was one of the many voices that came up and started appearing in cult anthologies along with a generation of Indian English poets. She was noted for her many Malayalam balamaani stories as well as many poems written in English. Das was also a syndicated columnist. She once claimed that “poetry does not sell in this country [India]”, but her forthright columns, which bikgraphy off on everything from women’s issues and child care to politics, were popular.

She wrote chiefly of love, its betrayal, and the consequent anguish. Das abandoned the certainties offered by an archaic, and somewhat sterile, aestheticism for an independence of mind and body at a time when Indian poets were still governed by “19th-century diction, mwlayalam and romanticised love. Long hair, the musk of sweat between the breasts. The warm shock of menstrual blood, and all your.

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This directness of her voice led to comparisons with Marguerite Duras and Sylvia Plath. At the age of 42, she published a daring autobiography, My Story; it was originally written in Malayalam and later she translated it into English.


Later she admitted that much of the autobiography had fictional elements. Kamala Das wrote biograaphy a diverse range of topics, often disparate- from the story of a poor old servant, about the sexual disposition of upper middle class women living near a metropolitan city or in the middle of the ghetto. She wrote a few novels, out of which Neermathalam Pootha Kalam, which was received favourably by the reading public as well as the critics, stands out.

Although occasionally seen as an attention-grabber in her early years, she is now seen as one of the most formative influences on Indian English poetry. InThe Times called biograpby “the mother of modern English Indian poetry”. After converting, she wrote: He is 38 and has a beautiful smile. Afterwards he began to woo me on the phone from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, reciting Urdu couplets and telling me of what he would do to me after our marriage.

I took my nurse Mini and malaylaam to his place in my car. I stayed with him for three days. There was a sunlit river, some trees, and a lot of laughter. He asked me to become a Muslim which Nalamani did on my return home. Her conversion was rather controversial, among social and literary circles, with The Hindu calling it part of her “histrionics”. She un she liked being behind the protective veil of the purdah.

Later, she felt it was not worth it to change one’s religion and said “I fell in love with a Muslim after my husband’s death. He was kind and generous in the bioggaphy.

But I now feel one shouldn’t change one’s religion.

It is not worth it. Though never politically active before, she launched ama national political party, Lok Seva Party, aiming asylum to orphaned mothers and promotion of secularism.

In she unsuccessfully contested in the Indian Parliament elections. He was formerly a resident editor of the Times of India. She had a sexual relationship with Sadiq Ali, an Islamic scholar who was much younger in age.

She herself describes her visit to Sadiq Ali’s home as follows: Das’ uncanny honesty extends to her exploration of womanhood and love. Though Amar Dwivedi criticizes Das for this “self imposed and not natural” universality, this feeling of oneness permeates her poetry In Das’ eyes, womanhood involves certain collective experiences. Indian women, however, do not discuss these experiences in deference to social mores. Das consistently refuses to accept their silence.

Feelings of longing and loss are not confined to a private misery. They are invited into the public sphere and acknowledged. Das seems to insist they are normal and have been felt by women across time. In “The Maggots” from the collection, The Descendants, Das corroborates just how old the sufferings of women are.

She frames the pain of lost love with ancient Hindu myths de Souza On their last night together, Krishna asks Radha if she is disturbed by his kisses. Radha’s pain is searing, and her silence is given voice by Das. Furthermore, by making a powerful goddess prey to such thoughts, it serves as a validation for ordinary women to have similar feelings. Coupled with her exploration of women’s needs is an attention to eroticism.


The longing to lose one’s self in passionate love is discussed in “The Looking Glass” from The Descendants. The narrator of the poem urges women to give their man “what makes you women” de Souza The things which society suggests are dirty or taboo are the very things which the women are supposed to give.

In the narrator’s eyes, love should be defined by this type of unconditional honesty. A woman should “Stand nude before the glass with wmma and allow her lover to see her exactly balamaji she is. Even if the woman may have to live biogrsphy him” someday, the narrator does not seem to favor bridling one’s passions to protect one’s self.

A restrained love seems to be no love at all; only a total immersion in love can do justice to this experience. Much like the creators of ancient Tantric art, Das makes no attempt to hide the sensuality of the human form; her work seems to celebrate its joyous potential while acknowledging its concurrent dangers. Das once said, “I always wanted love, and if you don’t get it within your home, you stray a little” Warrior interview. Though some might label Das as “a feminist” for her candor in dealing with women’s needs and desires, Das “has never tried to identify herself with any particular version of feminist activism” Raveendran Das’ views can be characterized as “a gut response,” a reaction that, like her poetry, is unfettered by other’s notions of right and wrong.

Nonetheless, poet Eunice de Souza claims that Das has “mapped out the terrain for post-colonial women in social and linguistic terms”. Das has ventured into areas unclaimed by society and provided a point of reference for her colleagues.

She has transcended the role of a poet and simply embraced the role of a very honest woman. On 31 Mayaged 75, she died at a hospital in Pune.

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Her body was flown to her home state of Kerala. She was buried at the Palayam Juma Masjid at Thiruvanathapuram malajalam full state honour. She was a longtime friend of Canadian writer Merrily Weisbord, who published a memoir of their friendship, The Love Queen of Malabar, in Padmavati the Harlot and Other Stories collection of short stories.

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