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Kamala Surayya

Kamala Surayya

Kamala Surayya was an English poet and literature at same time she was the author from Malayalam.She was known by her one-time-pen name Madhavikutty and Kamala das.She was popular in Kerala by her short stories,autobiography and oeuvre in English.Her honest treatment of female marked her as an innocent lady in that generation.

Kamala das was born in Punnayurkulam ,in Thissur district on 31st March 1934.Her father V.M Nair ,the former managing editor of the leading news paper Mathrubhumi and her mother Nalappat Blamaniamma ,the Malayalam leading poetess.Her childhood was in Calcutta with her father.who was an employee in the transporting company of that state.Her uncle Nalappattu Narayana Menon ,the uncle  who influenced her to begin poetry and love poets .thus she began to write poets at her early stage itself.On her age of 15th she got married with the Bank officer Madhava Das ,who encouraged in her poems.Then she started to writing and publishing in both English and in Malayalam.In 1960’s that was the time for  arts.Then she began to be famous in Indian  English  poets.She spoke to the entire world without any shy about her feelings.Because of this many of them dislike but at later stage all realize that it was that the woman feelings without hiding  it to herself forever .She have 3 son Madhav Das Nalappattu, Chinnendas and Jayasurya Das.After her husband  Madhava Das death she was 65 and she felt love with a scholar Sadiq Ali who was much younger than she.This was the situation that she turned  and selected the religion “Islam”.She described about her love with Sadiq Ali in here books.Her English works made popular and she got many awards,like Asian awards ,Kent awards etc. According to her opinion she was secure behind the pardhah.

Kamala Das popular works in Malayalam are Pakshiyude manam,Nareecheerukal Parakumbol,Neermatalam Poothakalam,Madhavikuttyiude Unmakkadhakal,Vandikkalakal,Playan .Balyakala smaranakal,Varshangalku munpu,Neypayasam,Chanadana Marangal and Dairy kurippukal .Her English works are  Yaa Allah.Tonight,The descendants,Padmavathi the hariot and Other Stories, My grandmother house etc.She won many awards Kerala Sahithya Academy award for Thanuppu at 1969,Sahithya academy award for 1985,Ezhuttachan Puraskaram at 2009,Muttathuvarkey award 2006 and many other award from Asian PEN anthology.Her writings mainly reflects about the girlish teen relation ships of love and the restrictions if the woman in the society.these writings were much misunderstood by critics.But she was not ready to fail in front of that false gossip.She boldly faced the society and become more successful.At the age of 42 she published the book written in  Malayalam My autobiography and later she translated to in English.She traveled to foreign countries and to  the universities to know more about the poems In 2009 the ‘Times’ called her as the mother of the modern English  Indian poetry.

She was born in Hindu Nair family.At the age of 65 she turned to Islam bieng love with the lover Sadiq Ali.She assumed her  name to Kamala Surayya.she is at her exploration of the female.She has established a charitable trust for orphaned mothers, named Lok Seva Charitable Trust.Her works have thier originality in thier content and in the style.

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