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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, a former ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin.
  • Nivedyam is the collection of poems of her from 1959 to 1986. Lokantharangalil is an elegy on the death of the poet Nalapat Narayana Menon.
  • She has received many literary honours and awards, including the Kerala Sahithya Akademi Award for Muthassi (1963), Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for Muthassi (1965), Asan Prize (1989), Vallathol Award (1993), Lalithambika Antharjanam Award (1993), Saraswati Samman for Nivedyam (1995), Ezhuthachan Award (1995), and N. V. Krishna WarrierAward (1997).
  • She was also a recipient of India’s third-highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in 1987.

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