Google Doodle: Who is Balamani Amma? All you need to know about Malayalam poet

written by Ritika Nath | July 19, 2022

Google Doodle on Balamani Amma:  With its Doodle on Tuesday, created by Kerala-based artist Devika Ramachandran, Google honoured Balamani Amma, regarded as the grandmother of Malayalam poetry, on the occasion of her 113th birthday. Everyone is searching for 'Who is Balamani Amma' and 'why Google Doodle honoured her?'.

If you also want to know all about Balamani Amma, then you are at the right place.

Who is Balamani Amma?

Balamani, referred to as the "grandmother of Malayalam literature," was born on July 19, 1909, in Nalapat, her family's residence in Punnayurkulam, a village in Kerala's Thrissur district. She was educated at home by her uncle Nalappat Narayana Menon rather than receiving any formal training or schooling.

Early age and recognition

She married VM Nair, managing editor of the Malayalam newspaper Mathrubhumi, at the age of 19. Her debut poem, "Kooppukai," was published in 1930. At that time, she was 21. She was originally recognised as a talented poet and given the Sahithya Nipuna Puraskaram by Parikshith Thampuran, the former ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin.

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Balamani won numerous honours, including the Saraswati Samman, the second-highest civilian award in India, and the Padma Vibhushan, the nation's most prestigious literary award. She released almost 20 collections of poetry, prose, and translations.

Google pays tribute to Malayalam poet

Google paid homage and wrote, “As an avid reader of Indian mythology, Amma’s poetry tended to put a spin on the traditional understanding of women characters. Her early poems glorified motherhood in a new light—she became known as the ‘poetess of motherhood’.”

“Her works adopted the ideas and stories of mythological characters, but depicted women as powerful figures who remained ordinary human beings. Her most famous works include  Amma (1934),  Muthassi (1962) and  Mazhuvinte Katha (1966),” the post further stated.

In 2004, she passed away,her cremation was done with full state honours.

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