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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She was a prolific writer and was known as the Poetess of Motherhood. She was the mother of the renowned writer Kamala Das.


Though she received no formal education, the tutelage under her maternal uncle and the poet Nalapat Narayana Menon and his collection of books helped her become a poet. She is often called as the grandmother of Malayalam literature.

She was the mother of the famous writer Kamala Das. Her famous poetry collections are Nivedyam, Sopaanam and Lokantharangalil. Balamani Amma got married at the age of 19 to V.


Nair who later became the managing director and Managing Editor of Mathrubhumi, a widely circulated Malagalam newspaper. She had left for Kolkata after her marriage to live with her husband who was employed as a senior officer in the Walford Transport Company that sold Bentley and Rolls Royce automobiles. Nair died in Balamani Amma was the mother of the renowned writer Kamala Das who has translated one of her mother’s poems, The Penwhich describes the loneliness of a mother.

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Mohandas, Shyam Sunder, and Sulochana Nalapat are her a,ma children. Balamani Amma died on 29 September after having suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for nearly five years.

Biorgaphy Amma had published more than 20 anthologies of poems, several prose, and translations. She began writing poems at a young age and her first poem Kooppukai was published in Her first recognition came when she received the Sahithya Nipuna Puraskaraman award from Parikshith Thampuran, former ruler nalamani Kingdom of Cochin.

Nivedyam is the collection of poems of Balamani Amma from to Lokantharangalil was an elegy on the death of the poet Nalapat Narayana Menon. Her poetry on the love for children and grandchildren earned her the titles of Amma Mother and Muthassi Grandmother of Malayalam poetry.


While delivering the Balamaniyamma remembrance speech at the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri, described her as the “prophet of human glory” and said that her poetry had been an inspiration to him.

Krishna Warrier Award She is also known as the mother of Malayalam literature. She was also a recipient of India’s third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan in Contents Madhavi balamani amma Balamani amma malayali poet Biography Poetry Collection of poems References Balamani amma malayali poet.

Poetry Balamani Amma had published more than 20 anthologies of poems, several prose, and translations.