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BalamaniAmma, grandmother of Malayalam literature

  • Published
    22nd Jul, 2022

Context:

Google Doodle celebrated the 113th birthday of famous Indian poet BalamaniAmma, known as the grandmother of Malayalam literature.

About BalamaniAmma:

  • BalamaniAmma, the grandmother of Malayalam literature, was born on 19 July 1909 in Thrissur district.
  • She continues to be known as the ‘amma’ (mother) and ‘muthassi’ (grandmother), of Malayalam poetry.
  • BalamaniAmmanever received any formal education.
    • She was taught at home by her uncle Nalappat Narayana Menon, who was also a famous Malayali poet.
  • BalamaniAmma was also the mother of Kamala Das.
    • Kamala Das was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1984.
  • She passed away in 2004 and was cremated with full state honours.
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