Google Doodle celebrated the 113th birthday of Malayalam poet Balamani Amma with a special graphic on July 19. Today’s doodle was illustrated by Kerala artist Devika Ramachandran.
Google doodle celebrates Indian poet Balamani Amma’s 113th birthday.
- Google doodle celebrated Malayalam poet Balamani Amma’s birthday.
- She was known as the grandmother of Malayalam literature.
- Today’s doodle was illustrated by Kerala artist Devika Ramachandran.
Google doodle celebrated Malayalam poet Balamani Amma’s 113th birthday with a special graphic. She was known as the grandmother of Malayalam literature. Today’s doodle was illustrated by Kerala artist Devika Ramachandran.
On this day in 1909, she was born in Nalapat, her ancestral home in Punnayurkulam located in Thrissur district. She has received countless awards for her poetry, including the Saraswati Samman – the country’s most esteemed literary award – and the Padma Vibhushanthe – India’s second highest civilian award.
Amma never received any formal training or education, but was instead homeschooled by her uncle Nalappat Narayana Menon, who was also a popular Malayali poet. He had an impressive collection of books and works that Amma studied from an early age. At 19, she married VM Nair, managing director and editor of Mathrubhumi, a Malayalam newspaper.
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In 1930, at the age of 21, Amma published her first poem titled Kooppukai. Her first recognition as a gifted poetess came from the former ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin, Parikshith Thampuran, who awarded her the Sahithya Nipuna Puraskaram.
Amma’s poetry tended to twist the traditional understanding of female characters. Her early poems glorified motherhood in a new light – she became popular as a “poetess of motherhood”. Her works adopt the ideas and stories of mythological characters, but portray women as powerful figures who remain ordinary human beings. His most famous works include Amma (1934), Muthassi (1962) and Mazhuvinte Katha (1966).
Balamani Amma was also the mother of Kamala Das, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1984. Amma died in 2004 and her cremation was celebrated with full state honors.
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