Nalapat Balamani Amma

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Nalapat Balamani Amma

Born: 19 July 1909

Died: 29 September 2004

  • She was an Indian poet who wrote in Malayalam.
  • She was a prolific writer and was known as the “poetess of motherhood”. Amma (Mother), Muthassi (Grandmother), and Mazhuvinte Katha (The story of the Axe) were some of her well-known works.
  • She was a recipient of many awards and honours, including the Padma Bhushan, Saraswati Samman, Sahitya Akademi Award, and Ezhuthachan Award.
  • She was the mother of the renowned writer Kamala Surayya.
  • She published more than 20 anthologies of poems, several prose works, and translations.
  • She began writing poems at a young age and her first poem “Kooppukai” was published in 1930.
  • Her first recognition came when she received the Sahithya Nipuna Puraskaram, an award from Parikshith Thampuran, former ruler of Kingdom of Cochin.
  • Nivedyam is the collection of poems of Balamani Amma from 1959 to 1986.
  • Lokantharangalil is an elegy on the death of the poet Nalapat Narayana Menon.

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